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.

Swinsty reservoir

Fishing near Harrogate

Washburn Valley Fishery offers exceptionally high-quality fly and coarse fishing across Fewston, Swinsty and Thruscross reservoirs. It's a stunning rural location which is easily accessible from Harrogate.

Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs are both 153 acres in surface area and are regularly stocked with rainbow trout at 1lb 6oz and fish between 3lb and 7lb. The largest rainbow trout caught here was over 14lb! Wild brown trout can be caught and returned in the reservoirs.

Thruscross Reservoir is a wild brown trout fishery with 140 acres of water.

The reservoirs are all part of the water supply system and the level of water can vary. This and the size of the waters, compared with many other fisheries, will test the skill of the angler.

Find out more about Washburn Valley Fishery

Walking & running near Harrogate

Scenic strolls  

If you fancy a gentle stroll, try our Swinsty and Fewston walks to enjoy breathtaking views across the water and the surrounding landscape. They're also great routes for running as they are mostly flat. If you’re looking for a longer walk, why not do both and make a day of it?

Challenging routes

If you want to challenge yourself, you could give our Swinsty to Beaver Dyke route a go. This varied walk takes you through fields and woodland. Along the way, you’ll get impressive views across Swinsty Reservoir, John O’Gaunt and Beaver Dyke reservoirs.

Or you could try our Fewston and Timble walk. This is a longer 6.2 mile route through fields and woodland. The walk takes you past dragonfly ponds and, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot deer along the way.

Best views

If it’s views you’re after, head further north for our Thruscross walk. Thruscross is the highest of the three reservoirs which makes it a great viewpoint. It’s a tough route but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the valley and surrounding moorland – just make sure you wear sturdy boots!

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Cycling & horse riding near Harrogate

There’s something for everyone at Swinsty and Fewston. If you fancy cycling or riding there are dedicated cycle paths and bridleways in the woodland surrounding the reservoirs for you to enjoy.

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More things to do in Yorkshire

If you want to travel further afield, you’ll find lots to do around Leeds and Sheffield.