Grimwith walk

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.

Lying within the confines of the reservoir boundary wall, Grimwith reservoir provides stunning views of the adjacent moors, the Valley and the lower Yorkshire Dales. There are plenty of opportunities for budding photographers to take a snap of the wildlife, rolling hills or sailing boats gliding across the waters. The walk is 4.5 miles long.


Pateley Bridge, near Dibbles Bridge


3 out of 4

Route Length

4.5 miles

Walking Time

2.5 hours

Terrain & Gradient

Mostly well surfaced paths aside from a short stretch at the beginning and the last half a mile. There are no steps or stiles on the route but there are several gradual slopes to ascend.

How To Get There

By car: You can use our free car park (BD23 5ED) next to Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club just off the B6265. Please note; there is a height barrier at the entrance to this car park.

From Pateley Bridge, take the B6265 towards Skipton. After 7.5 miles, the access road for the reservoir car park will be on your right marked with blue Yorkshire Water signs.

By public transport: Unfortunately there is no public transport available to this reservoir.


Parking Toilets Disabled Toilets Picnic Area