Car parking charges
We’re planning to trial car parking charges at this reservoir later this year.
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.
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.
Less than 10 miles west of Harrogate and north of Otley.
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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
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.
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.
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.