Thornton Steward walk

This route provides an ideal opportunity for those looking for a relatively short stroll in the open countryside.

Thornton Steward Reservoir

Take a countryside stroll on our Thornton Steward walk

The grassy path goes around Thornton Steward Reservoir where you can observe sailing boats in warmer months and the local livestock that frequently graze on the reservoir grounds. Please keep your dog on a lead
and beware of anglers back casting.





South of Finghall, off the A684 Leyburn to Bedale Road, North Yorkshire.


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Route length

1 mile

Walking time

1 hour

Terrain & gradient

Unsurfaced, mostly grassy path which can get muddy at wetter times of year. Mostly quite flat, with one section of steeper climbing, followed by a gentle descent.

How to get there

By car

You can use our free car park, which is off Moor Lane (HG4 4BQ).

From Bedale

Take the A684 heading west. After about ½ a mile, turn left onto Sinks Lane. After a mile, turn left onto Moor End Lane, which then becomes No Man’s Moor Lane. Continue on this road for about 3 miles, then turn left onto Moor Lane. After about ½ a mile, you will come to the car park on the right.

By public transport

Unfortunately there is no public transport currently available to Thornton Steward Reservoir.

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.