This route around Swinsty Reservoir nestles in the stunning Washburn Valley and provides breath-taking views across the water and the surrounding landscape, especially from the embankment near the River Washburn or various rest points dotted along the walk. The walk is roughly 3 miles long.
Why not make a day of it! You can also access the start of our Fewston Reservoir walk from Swinsty Moor and Fewston Reservoir car park. Check out the Fewston route in our online walking guide section.
Route Fact File
Less than 10 miles west of Harrogate and north of Otley, just off the A59
3 Miles / 5 Kilometres
1 1/2 Hours
Terrain & Gradient:
Footpaths are consistently wide and well-surfaced. Mostly flat or gently undulating. The steepest section of the path can be avoided via an alternative route (near point 2; details in text description of route). There are no steps, stiles or gates on this route.
How To Get There:
By car: The route starts at Swinsty Moor and Fewston Reservoir car park (LS21 2NP) (point 1) at the southern end of the Fewston Reservoir Embankment. Alternative parking is available at Stack Point car park (HG3 1SU), along the eastern edge of Swinsty Reservoir. Please note that both have a 2.2m height barrier.
From Harrogate: take the A59 heading west. Before you reach Blubbershouses, turn left at the roundabout onto the B6451. Take the second right onto Wydra Lane, which becomes Back Lane and takes you across Fewston Reservoir Embankment. Shortly afterwards you will reach Swinsty Moor and Fewston Reservoir car park.
By public transport: Unfortunately there is no public transport currently available to Swinsty Reservoir.
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