Swinsty Beaver Dyke walk

We're carrying out essential work at Swinsty that may affect your visit

To keep everyone safe while we're working, we need to close the crest road over the embankment and you won't be able to walk your usual route.

Since the government guidelines have changed, we’ve been working hard to devise a plan to keep everyone safe while enjoying our beautiful reservoirs. We’ve reopened the car parks at this reservoir so visitors can walk around them as long as social distancing rules are observed.

To help direct visitors, we’ve installed some new signs that are there for everyone to follow so please take a moment to read them.

  • Please maintain social distancing when walking around the reservoir
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • Some of our paths may be closed off. This is because our key workers need to access them and they will be clearly signposted that they are closed.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you and do not light any BBQs or fires.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues.

All of our toilet facilities are still closed at these reservoirs so please be mindful of this when visiting.

This varied walk takes you on a journey through pleasant fields and woodland. Along the way, you will get impressive views across Swinsty Reservoir and an excellent vantage point over John O’Gaunt and Beaver Dyke reservoirs.

Why not make a day of it! You can also access our Swinsty Reservoir walk Stack Point car park. Check out the Swinsty route in our online walking guide section.


Less than 10 miles west of Harrogate and north of Otley, near Fewston


4 out of 4

Route Length

4.25 miles

Walking Time

3 hours

Terrain & Gradient

Varied; including uneven terrain, undefined footpaths and some steeper sections and stiles. Parts of the route can be boggy after periods of heavy rainfall.

How To Get There

By car: The route starts at our free car park at Stack Point (HG3 1SU), along the eastern edge of Swinsty Reservoir. Please note that there is a 2.2m height barrier.

From Harrogate: head west, either via the A59 or Penny Pot Lane. When you reach a junction with the B6451, turn left and then shortly afterwards turn right onto Wydra Lane (signposted Fewston 1 mile). After about half a mile, when you reach a crossroads, turn left onto Cobby Skye Road. Shortly afterwards, at the T junction, turn left again and continue for less than ½ mile until you reach the car park on your right.

By public transport: Unfortunately there is no public transport currently available to Swinsty Reservoir.

For up to date travel information from any location visit google maps to search directions.

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