Thruscross walk

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.

View across Thruscross reservoir

Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open during the national lockdown for people to exercise locally. We ask that you follow the latest guidance to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe. In the current lockdown this includes:

  • Please do not travel to one of our sites if it isn’t local (which the government has defined as the village, town, or part of a city where you live).
  • Please only visit to exercise with your household, your support bubble, or to meet one other person.

All our toilet facilities are currently closed so please be mindful of this when visiting.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Please maintain social distancing throughout your visit.
  • Please follow any instructions on signage around the site.
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you and do not light any BBQs or fires.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues and can block important access for operational vehicles or the emergency services.


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Thruscross walking guide



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


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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

Unfortunately there is no public transport currently available to Thruscross Reservoir.

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

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Fewston & Beecroft walk

10 miles 3 out of 4

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Fewston & Timble walk

6.2 miles 3 out of 4

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Swinsty walk

3 miles 1 out of 4

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Swinsty Beaver Dyke walk

4.25 miles 4 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.

Find more things to do near Harrogate

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