GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Winterburn Reservoir Walk

4 miles (7 km)

This walk visits the Winterburn Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales near the settlements of Winterburn and Hetton.
The reservoir is a little of the beaten track so a nice place for a peaceful walk in the Dales. On the western side of the water there's some nice waterside paths while on the eastern side you can climb to a fine viewpoint on a bridle track. There's lovely views across the water to the surrounding Dales countryside and hills.


BD23 3QR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north west you can explore the popular Malham Tarn Estate and enjoy more waterside walking. The Dales High Way passes the lake and could be followed to the estate as an extension to your outing. The long distance waymarked trail explores many of the highlights of the Dales, running from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland for a distance of approximately 90 miles.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Winterburn Reservoir - - 802211

Winterburn Reservoir. The reservoir was one of the compensation reservoirs built for the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in the late 19th Century to cope with increased traffic, because the more times a lock is used, the more water is lost from the upper levels. Seen from Moor Lane. Pendle is just visible on the left-hand horizon through the haze.

Footpath beside Winterburn Reservoir - - 2525634

Footpath beside the reservoir

Looking back from Long Hill Farm - - 1005623

Looking back from Long Hill Farm

Bridleway crossroad above Winterburn Reservoir - - 2525676

Bridleway crossroad above the reservoir

Dam of Winterburn Reservoir - - 163395

Dam at the southern end.

Reservoir Cottage and access road, Winterburn Reservoir - - 2525625

Reservoir Cottage and access road


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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