GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Barden Reservoir

2 miles (2.5 km)

This walk visits the Lower Barden Reservoir on Barden Moor in the Nidderdale area of Yorkshire.
You can follow a circular footpath around the reservoir which runs for about 1.5 miles. There's splendid views across the water to the surrounding moorland and hills. The walk can be extended by following footpaths north west across Barden Moor to visit Upper Barden Reservoir.
Both the reservoirs date from the 19th century and feed water into the Barden Beck, which flows into the River Wharfe. You can follow footpaths along the pretty beck at the western end of the site.

Postcode

BD23 6AR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Barden Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Barden Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your reservoir walking in the area you could visit the nearby Embsay Reservoir and Chelker Reservoir.
To the east there's the popular climb to Simons Seat where you can enjoy wonderful views over the Dales.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nidderdale Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Lower Barden Reservoir from Hutchen Gill Head - geograph.org.uk - 788136

Lower Barden Reservoir from Hutchen Gill Head. In the distance, Carncliff Top across the other side of Wharfedale.

Far Long Gill - geograph.org.uk - 513490

Far Long Gill. The gill feeds into Lower Barden Reservoir. Seen from the bridge on the reservoir access track.

Bridge over Kittlety Sike - geograph.org.uk - 513520

Bridge over Kittlety Sike. This sizeable bridge takes the Upper Barden Reservoir access track over Kittlety Sike.

Brass Castle - geograph.org.uk - 513513

Brass Castle at the western end of the reservoir. A shooting hut decked out with benches and a table.

Ford across Barden Beck - geograph.org.uk - 513509

Ford across Barden Beck. The reservoir access track crosses Barden Beck

Sluice, Lower Barden Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 513495

Sluice at the lower reservoir. The channel runs the entire length of the reservoir's western side.

The road across the dam at Upper Barden reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1772887

The road across the dam at Upper Barden reservoir. You can reach the reservoir by following a track north west from the lower lake for just over a mile.

The retaining wall and Upper Barden Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 80481

The retaining wall and Upper Barden Reservoir

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Barden Reservoir.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Barden Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)