GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Semer Water

3 miles (5.5 km)

Semerwateris the second largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, England after Malham Tarn. This lovely circular walk in the Yorkshire Dales takes you around the pretty lake and through the heart of Raydale. You'll pass rivers, becks, a nature reserve and some beautiful countryside. It's a hidden gem so you should enjoy a peaceful and tranquil walk.
The walk starts at the car park near Countersett, on the northern end of the lake. You then follow a good footpath past the lake to Marsett, passing Keld Scar waterfall, Crooks Beck and Marsett Beck on the way. You then follow Marsett Lane back to Countersett.
The lake is located close to the market town of Hawes where there are nice footpaths to follow to a series of pretty waterfalls.


DL8 3DJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Semer Water OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Semer Water Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north there's the worthy village of Askrigg. The pretty settlement is notable as the fictionalDarrowbyin theBBCTV seriesAll Creatures Great and Small. From the village you can visit the pretty Mill Gill and Whitfield Force Waterfalls.
The circular Bainbridge Walk visits the reservoir from the nearby settlement. The village is worthy of a visit with pleasant views of the River Bain and a 15th century hotel which is one of the oldest in Yorkshire.
The climb to Wether Fell also starts in the village. You can follow the old Roman Road south to Horton Gill Force Waterfall and then on to the summit of this excellent local viewpoint.

The hugely popular Aysgarth Falls lies a little further to the east.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.


Semerwater sports - - 556966

Semerwater sports

Semerwater from High Force - - 1410452

The lake from High Force. A long distance shot of Semerwater in Raydale with an 8x zoom

Semer Water from near Stalling Busk - - 315306

From near Stalling Busk

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Grassy footpaths near the lake

Bridge at edge of Semerwater and start of river Bain - - 1424601

Bridge at edge of the lake and start of river Bain

Semer Water Car Park - - 813241

Car Park Owned and operated by Low Blea Farm.

Ford, Marsett - - 71502

Ford, Marsett. Busk Lane enters Cragdale Water

Ford through Raydale Beck - - 1260773

Ford through Raydale Beck

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Semer Water.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Semer Water.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)