Thruscross walk

This challenging walk runs  through rough pastures and moorland alongside the edge of the reservoir. 

View across Thruscross 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 on a challenge 

A more challenging walk, this 4.5 mile route runs from the car park at Thruscross through rough pastures and moorland alongside the edge of the reservoir. The surrounding scenery is beautiful with an array of interesting geographical features, including crags, ghylls, streams and the River Washburn.

Facilities

ParkingPicnic area

Useful Downloads

Thruscross walking guide

Details 


Location

North of Blubberhouses, not far from the A59 Harrogate/Skipton Road.


Difficulty

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3 out of 4


Route length

4.5 miles


Walking time

3 hours


Terrain & gradient

The route features stiles, steps and steep muddy banks riddled with tree roots. We recommend you bring sturdy boots, warm clothing, waterproofs and extra food/drink for this adventurous walk.

How to get there


By car

You can use our free car park at the starting point of this walking route, which is on Reservoir Road (HG3 4BB) next to the dam wall. Please note, there is a 1.8 metre height barrier.


From Harrogate

Follow the A59 Harrogate/ Skipton road towards Skipton for 8 miles and turn right shortly after a metal roadside barrier onto Hall Lane signposted for West End. Follow Hall Lane for another 0.5 miles and turn right onto Reservoir Road. Follow the road for 100 metres to find 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.
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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 walk

3 miles 1 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

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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