GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Smiddy Shaw Reservoir

1 miles (2 km)

This walk visits Smiddy Shaw Reservoir on Muggleswick Common near Consett in County Durham.
There's a nice gravel footpath running around the reservoir with fine views across the water to the surrounding fields. You can start the walk from the public car park located at the eastern end of the water, near to Blackpool Hill.
It's easy to extend your reservoir walking by heading south to the Waskerley Reservoir Way or west to Hisehope Reservoir. Tunstall Reservoir is only a few miles to the south as well.


DH8 9DZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Smiddy Shaw Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Smiddy Shaw Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Nana B's Teas is located just to the east of the reservoir on the Waskerley Way. They serve a good range of meals and snacks in lovely surroundings. You can find them at postcode DH8 9HR just over a mile east of the reservoir. They are dog friendly with a water bowl available.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the North Pennines Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Smiddy Shaw Reservoir - - 550086

View of Smiddy Shaw Reservoir as seen from the C2C path near Skaylock Hill.

Along the dam - - 343976

Along the dam. Smiddy Shaw Reservoir is unusual in that its earthen dam turns back at right angles when at the highest point of the dam.

Track on the south side of Smiddy Shaw Reservoir - - 1108802

Track on the south side

Moorland - - 1870710


Track above the valley of the Hisehope Burn - - 4280446

Track above the valley of the Hisehope Burn. This area lies just north of the reservoir.

Leat linking Hisehope Reservoir and Smiddy Shaw Reservoir - - 4280425

Leat linking Hisehope Reservoir and Smiddy Shaw Reservoir. Follow this west and it will take you to Hisehope Reservoir.

Hisehope Reservoir - - 1957275

Hisehope Reservoir. Just over a mile from the lake.

Heather moorland beside Waskerley Way - - 2064124

Heather moorland beside Waskerley Way. Pick up this trail to the south of the reservoir and enjoy views from afar.


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