Thruscross Reservoir

Thruscross is the highest reservoir in the charming Washburn Valley, with stunning views of the valley and surrounding moorland.


Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open for people to exercise outdoors. We ask that you follow the latest guidance on group sizes and social distancing to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Do not light any BBQs or fires and call 999 to report any uncontrolled fires that may be at risk of spreading.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you.
  • Please follow any instructions on signage around the site.
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues and can block important access for operational vehicles or the emergency services.

Take in stunning views at Thruscross Reservoir 

Thruscross is the highest reservoir in the charming Washburn Valley feeding water into Fewston, Swinsty and Lindley Wood reservoirs. With its altitude comes stunning views of the valley and surrounding moorland. Use our free car park on Reservoir Road, Thruscross, Harrogate HG3 4BB. Please note there is a 2.1m height barrier. The walk features woodlands, moorland, pastures and ruined farmsteads galore, ensuring an enjoyable, picturesque experience.


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Walking  Fishing  


Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Thruscross walk 4.5 miles 3 out of 4

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The Washburn Valley Fishery offers exceptionally high quality fly and coarse fishing in a stunning rural setting.

Go fishing

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Make a day of it

While you're here, why not visit a nearby reservoir?

Fewston Reservoir

Situated in the charming Washburn valley, sharing an embankment with Swinsty Reservoir, Fewston is popular with walkers and runners. Cyclists and horse-riders can also make use of their own permitted tracks in the surrounding woodlands.

Swinsty Reservoir

There's plenty of choice for those seeking recreation at Swinsty Reservoir; whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll around the well-surfaced reservoir paths or a wander through the nearby fields and woods. Also welcome are cyclists and horse riders, as well as anglers seeking high quality course and fly fishing.

How to get there

By car

You can use our free car park, which is on Reservoir Road (HG3 4BB) next to the dam wall. Please note, there is a 1.8 metre height barrier.

From Harrogate

Follow the A59 Harrogate/ Skipton road towards Skipton for 8 miles and turn right shortly after a metal roadside barrier onto Hall Lane signposted for West End. Follow Hall Lane for another 0.5 miles and turn right onto Reservoir Road. Follow the road for 100 metres to find the car park on your right.

By public transport

Unfortunately there is no public transport currently available to Thruscross Reservoir.

More things to do near Harrogate

Whether you fancy a gentle stroll around a reservoir, a challenging hike, a bike ride with the family, a bit of pony trekking or an afternoon of fishing, there's plenty to do around Harrogate.

Find more things to do near Harrogate

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Can you swim in Thruscross Reservoir?

No, you can't swim in Thruscross Reservoir. Reservoirs are really dangerous places and have lots of dangers hidden under the surface. We don't allow anyone to swim in our reservoirs, even if you’re a great swimmer!

Why can’t you swim in Thruscross Reservoir?

Thruscross Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Thruscross Reservoir supplies water to be treated, so there's machinery and strong currents under the water. There may also be blue-green algae, which causes rashes and severe illnesses.

Can dogs swim in Thruscross Reservoir?

No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Thruscross Reservoir and they shouldn’t drink the water. Blue-green algae can form on the surface, which is poisonous and can kill them. There’s also dangerous machinery and strong currents under the water.

Is wild swimming allowed in Thruscross Reservoir?

No, Thruscross Reservoir is dangerous. Reservoirs aren't the same as natural lakes, they’re man-made and have large machinery that’s working 24/7 just below the surface. They’re also very cold, have strong currents and might have blue-green algae which causes rashes and severe illness.