GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Grassholme Reservoir

3 miles (5 km)

This circular walk follows the footpath around this lovely reservoir in upper Teesdale. The reservoir is surrounded by the Lune Valley countryside and woodland. The route runs for just over 3 miles on a fairly flat path so suitable for most abilities. Grassholme Reservoir is located a few miles south of Middleton in Teesdale.
The Pennine Way runs past the reservoir so you could pick this up and head south to Balderhead, Blackton and Hury Reservoirs to extend your walk.


DL12 0PW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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


Head about a mile east of the reservoir and you can enjoy some refreshments in the little village of Mickleton. Here you can visit The Crown where there's a good menu and a splendid beer garden with views of the countryside. It's a lovely place to sit and relax if the weather is fine. You can find the pub at a postcode of DL12 0JZ for your sat navs. It's also very dog friendly if you have your canine friend in tow.
In Mickleton you can also pick up the Tees Railway Walk which runs along the old trackbed of the Tees Valley Railway, from Cotherstone to Romaldkirk. It's a nice way of extending your outing if you have time.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of the site lies Selset Reservoir where there is a car park and viewpoint at the north eastern end of the water.
A little further to the west you can climb to Mickle Fell. The fell is significant as being the highest point within thehistoric countyofYorkshire and the highest point within County Durham.
For more walking ideas in the area see the County Durham Walks and North Pennines Walks pages.


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Grassholme Reservoir. Viewed from the path on its southern side. A steep bank drops to the water's edge.

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Looking across Grassholme from Swarthy Top on a snowy day in December 2009

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Looking across the middle of the reservoir from the inlet where Wester Beck enters it. On the other side is another inlet and the house at Stake Hill.

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Bridge at Head of Grassholme Reservoir. This road bridge is where the Pennine Way crosses Grassholme Reservoir in Lunedale.

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Bird hide at Grassholme Reservoir Nature Reserve. This is located at the western end of the site. Here you can look out for a wide variety of water loving wildlife.

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Selset Weir. This can be found at the western end of the lake between the two reservoirs.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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