Swinsty Beaver Dyke walk

This varied walk takes you on a journey through pleasant fields and woodland.

Swinsty Reservoir

Car parking charges

We’re planning to trial car parking charges at this reservoir later this year.

Find out more about the planned charges

Take in the views

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.

Facilities

ParkingDisabled parking   Toilets     Disabled toilet Picnic area

Details 


Location

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


Difficulty

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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

The DalesBus 59 runs between Harrogate and Skipton, stopping at Blubberhouses, on Saturdays.

Visitor information

To keep everyone happy and safe, please:

  • follow government guidance
  • don’t swim
  • take your litter home
  • stick to the path
  • keep your dog on a lead
  • clean up after your dog
  • don’t light fires or BBQs.
Squirrel

Make a day of it

While you're here, why not try another walk?

Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities

Fewston walk

4 miles 1 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Fewston & Beecroft walk

10 miles 3 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Fewston & Timble walk

6.2 miles 3 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Swinsty walk

3 miles 1 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Thruscross walk

4.5 miles 3 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Picnic area

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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