GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


3 miles (5.5 km)

This circular walk visits ElslackReservoir in North Yorkshire near Skipton.
You can start the walk in Elslackvillage from the Tempest Arms where there's a good sized car park. Follow country lanes south from here and you will pass the ancient Burwen Castle Roman Fort and the old Elslack Hall. You continue south to Cooper House where you pick up a footpath heading east to visit the pretty reservoir. Here you can follow paths along the water before picking up alternative country lanes to take you back to the village and the pub. The pub dates from the 17th century and serves high quality dishes. It was named "Pub of the Year" in the 2011Good Pub Guide.
The Pennine Way runs to the west of the reservoir. To extend the walk you could pick it up and head west to visit Thornton-in-Craven.


BD23 3AY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

ElslackReservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

ElslackReservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The Tempest Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west is the Lancashire village of Barnoldswick where you can pick up the Barnoldswick Canal Walk and enjoy an easy stroll along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
A few miles to the north west there's Sutton in Craven where you can enjoy a climb to Lund's Tower and Wainman's Pinnacle. Known locally as the Salt and Pepper Pots there's fine views over the area from the elevated position of the monuments.
Just to the south is the town of Earby where you can visit the delightful Earby Waterfalls on the Wencliffe Brook.
Near here is Lothersdale where you can enjoy a climb to Pinhaw Beacon for some excellent views of the area. The village also includes a historic pub worthy of some investigation.


Elslack Reservoir 06

Elslack Reservoir

Embankment above Elslack Reservoir - - 2274366

Embankment above Elslack Reservoir

Cruise Bridge, Elslack - - 2273636

Cruise Bridge, Elslack

Elslack Hall Cottage

Elslack Hall Cottage

An house on Elslack Lane, Elslack - - 2967253

An house on Elslack Lane, Elslack

Stories House - - 2274360

Stories House

The Tempest Arms, Elslack - - 2366835

The Tempest Arms.

GPS Files

GPX File

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