Car parking charges
We’re planning to trial car parking charges at this reservoir later this year.
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.
Less than 10 miles west of Harrogate and north of Otley, near Fewston.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Make a day of it
While you're here, why not try another walk?
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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.