Washburn Valley To Contents

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

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  • Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs


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

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  • Old mile post on Lippersley Pike / River Washburn - in Spring Bluebells are everywhere / Rose Bay Willowherb

Travel :

There are few useful transport services serving this area.

  • 24 from Harrgate to Pateley Bridge passes Darley Mon to Sun
  • 74 from Ilkley to Grassington passes Bolton Bridge Mon Wed Fri
  • 874 from Wakefield / Leeds via Bolton Abbey on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
  • 821 runs from Otley to Pateley Bridge passes Lindley Reservoir and Norwood [Summer Sundays only]
  • X84 from Leeds to Skipton 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.


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  • Thruscross Dam / The surfaced path / Ruined house above reservoir

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/walks#ls3 An excellent site with recreation section covering the water authority sites in Nidderdale and the Washburn


This page was last updated on 27-Dec-2019

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