GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Eavestone Lake Circular Walk

3 miles (5.5 km)

This circular walk in Nidderdale visits Eavestone Lake and the Picking Gill Nature Reserve. The secluded and tranquil lake is something of a hidden gem and a lovely area for a peaceful walk.
The route starts just south of Eavestone where you can pick up the Ripon Rowel and follow it east along the lake and through Fishpond Wood. You continue towards Sawley before turning west to Picking Gill where there is a pretty nature reserve with interesting flora and fauna. The route then heads west and north to return to the lake.


HG4 3HD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Eavestone Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Eavestone Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south west of the lake you'll find one of the area's highlights at Brimham Rocks. The pretty riverside village of Summerbridge is also not far away.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nidderdale Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Eavestone Lake - - 20288

Eavestone Lake. A gritstone crag rises above this magical man made lake

Eavestone Lake - - 2275602

The lake is thought to have been originally built by monks from nearby Fountains Abbey.

Picking Gill Nature Reserve - - 2287563

Picking Gill Nature Reserve

The Lane leading to Eavestone - - 2780413

The Lane leading to Eavestone

Corner of Picking Gill Nature Reserve - - 2780496

Corner of Picking Gill Nature Reserve

Old gritstone quarry near Sawley - - 2275579

Old gritstone quarry near Sawley


GPS Files

GPX File

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