6 great reservoir walks in Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 June 2019
The Yorkshire countryside is full of natural beauty, but these man-made features provide the perfect backdrop to experiencing the great outdoors.
South Pennines Reservoirs
Head to the Yorkshire and Lancashire border and experience the often underrated surrounds of the South Pennines, passing six reservoirs, all of which have a story to tell
The Pennine moors and valleys are liberally decorated with dozens of man-made reservoirs. This walk visits three of them in the Yorkshire part of the Peak District on a walk that is surprisingly sheltered in such an open landscape.
Washburn Valley Reservoirs
The delightful Washburn Valley is Yorkshire's very own mini-Lake District, an often overlooked gem bequeathed to us by generations of water engineers who created a string of reservoirs stretching from the high moors above Nidderdale almost to the doorsteps of Leeds and Bradford. his walk takes in the lowest of the quartet - Thruscross, Fewston, Swinsty and Lindley Wood - before climbing to a high ridge with glorious panoramic views and some modern additions which may strike a more jarring note.
Blackstone Edge Reservoir
The overall feel of this South Pennines walk remains one of huge skyscapes and vast open spaces both of moorland and water as it takes in no fewer than five reservoirs along the way (six if you count the second visit to Blackstone Edge) but the price for such broad vistas is that often the horizon is adorned with either columns of pylons marching across the heather or windfarms in almost every direction.
Many walkers who head to Malham, will no doubt be attracted by the natural wonders of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, but venturing outwards the man-made Winterburn Reservoir will take you far from the madding crowds.
Is Embsay Reservoir the prettiest reservoir in Yorkshire? This picture perfect location is the start and finish point of this walk around the Yorkshire Moors.