Swinsty walk

Enjoy breathtaking views across the water and the surrounding landscape.

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

Discover breathtaking views on our Swinsty walk

This route around Swinsty Reservoir nestles in the stunning Washburn Valley and provides breathtaking views across the water and the surrounding landscape, especially from the embankment near the River Washburn or various rest points dotted along the walk.

Facilities

ParkingDisabled parking   Toilets     Disabled toilet Picnic area

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Swinsty walking guide

Need an easier walk?

Great news! The footpaths on this walks are consistently wide and well-surfaced. The route is mostly flat with some gentle slopes. There are no steps, stiles or gates on this route.

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Details 


Location

Less than 10 miles west of Harrogate and north of Otley.


Difficulty

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1 out of 4


Route length

3 miles


Walking time

2 hours


Terrain & gradient

The footpaths on this walks are consistently wide and well-surfaced. The route is mostly flat with some gentle slopes. 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

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.
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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 Beaver Dyke walk

4.25 miles 4 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Thruscross walk

4.5 miles 3 out of 4

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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.

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