GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lindley Wood Reservoir

2 miles (3 km)

Enjoy an easy walk along this pretty reservoir and wood in the Washburn valley. You can start the walk from the nearby village of Leathley and follow a footpath along the River Washburn to the reservoir. The path takes you along the eastern side of the water with some peaceful woodland trails to enjoy in the adjacent Lindley Wood. Here you will find pretty bluebells in the spring and the rushing waters of Greystone Beck. It's a lovely area with the reservoir surrounded by attractive woodland and the option of continuing your walk along the Washburn to Norwood Bottom.
If you enjoy this walk then you could visit Swinsty Reservoir and Fewston Reservoir. These are located a couple of miles north of Lindley Wood in the Nidderdale AONB.
Just to the south is the splendid Otley Chevin Country Park where you will find woodland, heathland, meadowland and rocky outcrops with marvellous views.
Lindley Wood is located close to Otley and not far from Leeds. In the town you could try our Otley River Walk which take you through some of the riverside parks and nature reserves located on the River Wharfe.


LS21 2RB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Lindley Wood Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lindley Wood Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just west of the site you could enjoy some post walk refreshment at the Roebuck Inn. The pub is housed in a historic building dating back to 1783 and has a charming interior with solid stone walls, wooden floors and stone flags around the bar. For warmer days there is a curved beer patio, built from creamy Yorkshire sandstone, well provided with garden furniture. There is also a small grassed area.
You can find them at Roebuck Terrace, Newall With Clifton with postcode LS21 2EY for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The lakeside paths and woodland are ideal for a dog walk. The Roebuck mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near Swinsty Reservoir there's the peaceful Beaver Dyke Reservoir and John O'Gaunt Reservoir. The photogenic ruins of John O'Gaunt Castle can also be found in this area.


Greystone Beck in Lindley Wood - - 176468

Greystone Beck in Lindley Wood

Dam of Lindley Wood reservoir - - 46090

Dam of Lindley Wood reservoir

Viaduct, Lindley Wood Reservoir - - 178365

Viaduct at the reservoir

Meadow, Lindley Wood Reservoir - - 1444865

Meadow at the site. The north-western end of the reservoir has been dry this summer and is currently a meadow.

Lindley Bottom - - 177026

Lindley Bottom. Walkers on the path heading through woodland at Lindley Bottom towards the reservoir. You can see bluebells in this area in the spring months.

Lindley Bridge - - 2582104

Lindley Bridge. You will pass the bridge south east of the lake. It crosses the River Washburn near Farnley Lake.

Lindley Wood Reservoir and Norwood House - - 179427

Looking across the reservoir beside the viaduct. Norwood House among the trees, and mast in Bolton's Plantation can be seen across the water. The lush countryside is typical of late spring in the area. This view is at the north western end of the lake.

North-west end of Lindley Wood Reservoir - - 178214

North-west end of Lindley Wood Reservoir. The River Washburn flows into this end of the reservoir, just visible between the bushes in the centre. The area nearer the camera was flooded, the reservoir was full and overflowing after much recent heavy rain.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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