Swinsty Reservoir Walks
This is a nice, easy circular walk around Swinsty Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. The path is well surfaced and largely flat making the walk suitable for all abilities. The trail runs for a distance of about 3 miles so it's perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll.
The walk starts at the car park on the eastern side of the reservoir and follows the footpath through woodland to the Fewston Embankment, passing Fewston on the way. You head along the Fewston Embankment with splendid views of both Swinsty Reservoir and the adjacent Fewston Reservoir. A woodland section through the Swinsty Moor plantation then takes you to Swinsty Hall, before coming to the Swinsty Embankment with great views of the River Washburn Valley to the south. A short waterside section past more woodland then returns you to the car park.
It's easy to extend your walking in this lovely area by heading to the nearby Fewston Reservoir, Thruscross Reservoir and Lindley Wood Reservoir for more waterside walks.
PostcodeHG3 1SU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Swinsty Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Swinsty Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Swinsty Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Swinsty Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Fewston Farm Shop is another nice place to visit in the area. Located just to the east of Fewston Reservoir the shop includes a cafe serving a large variety of teas and coffee and a selection of cakes and scones to accompany them. It's a lovely country spot with adjacent fields holding ponies, goats and other animals. On warmer days you can relax outside and enjoy the views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. You can find the shop just off the Skipton Road (A59) at a postcode of HG3 1SR.
The reservoir is a great place for a dog walk and the tea room at the Washburn Valley Heritage Centre is also dog friendly with water bowls and treats provided in the outdoor seating area.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just north of the car park you'll find the interesting Washburn Valley Heritage Centre. Inside there's informative exhibitions about the history and heritage of the Valley. This includes the history of Fewston Church from its 14th century tower and its rebuilding in 1697. There's also a series of information boards on the geology and natural landscape of the valley. The building includes a nice tea room where you can enjoy some refreshments after your exercise too.
Head about a mile south east and you can visit the expansive Stainburn Forest. The forest has good mountain bike trails and miles of footpaths to explore.
Follow the Dales Way Link east for a mile or so and you will come to Beaver Dyke Reservoir and John O'Gaunt Reservoir. The photogenic ruins of John O'Gaunt Castle can also be found in this area.