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A local version of the Lake District only 3 miles from Otley using well marked accessible Water Authority paths and some lesser used paths on the surrounding moorland. This area should really be in the Yorkshire Dales National Park!

Fewston Reservoir Fewston Church

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Map reading is essential for these walks. The  relevant map is OS Explorer 297 Lower Wharfedale & The Wasburn Valley

Thruscross Dam Fewston reservoir
Path alongside Fewston Reservoir Swinsty Hall
Fewston village Fewston Reservoir

Travel : There are few useful transport services serving this area however access by public transport can be difficult and will need careful planning.

  • 24 from Harrgate to Pateley Bridge passes Darley every day
  • X59 DalesBus from Skipton to Harrogate passes Blubberhouses summer Saturdays
  • 74 from Ilkley to Grassington passes Bolton Bridge Mon Wed Fri
  • 874 DalesBus from Wakefield / Leeds via Bolton Abbey on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
  • 821 DalesBus Nidderdale Rambler runs from Otley to Pateley Bridge passes Lindley Reservoir and Norwood [Summer Sundays only]
  • X84 from Leeds to Ilkley serves Otley [every day]
  • Northern Rail run frequent services to Harrogate, Ilkley and Skipton.

See www.dalesbus.org for further details. Unfortunately the daily X59 which once ran from Harrogate to Skipton was a victim of the cutbacks.


Car parks: Water authority car parks are loacted at Swinsty Moor and Fewston Reservoir, Stack Point, Blubbershouses and Thruscross dam.The only public toilets are located at Swinsty Moor and Fewston Reservoir carpark.

Refreshments available at

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.

Yorkshire Water

https://www.yorkshirewater.com An excellent site with recreation section covering the water authority sites in Nidderdale and the Washburn

This page was last updated on 15-May-2021

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