The walk round Grimwith Reservoir is one of the simplest walks in the Yorkshire Dales. However it is full of interest, exceptionally peaceful and full of interest for bird lovers, sailing enthusiasts and history buffs.
Quite why Grimwith Reservoir has so few visitors is one of the mysteries of the Yorkshire Dales. Nearby Grassington is rammed with people, whilst walk a few miles distance is a ‘well set up for walkers’ ramble and the car park is only ever half full. Amazing! Grimwith Reservoir was the location for an organized and very successful Night Sky guided walk in 2019. Night sky enthusiasts, night walkers (yes they exist) and others afters after a new experience joined myself and a local astronomer.
An earlier visit was more traditional. I took my youngest daughter for a two hour wind surfing lesson which is perfect timing for a pleasant ramble around the reservoir. Some other ‘dad’ seemed to be doing the circuit in the other direction. In typical ‘dad’ fashion we passed and re-passed each other with a quick nod of the head and a comment on the weather. Although built in 1864 originally the reservoir was expanded dramatically by Yorkshire Water in the 1970s. As a result the reservoir increased 20 fold. There are some signage on the walk describing two of the original drowned villages, Gate Up and Grimwith.
There appears to be no restriction on wandering down to the club itself, in fact there was a self service/voluntary contribution cup of coffee and cake when I visited!
This is a perfect access for all walk. As a result Debbie North joined us on on the night walk, as did other wheel chair bound walkers.
Use our walks calculator on this page to find out how quickly you walk. Start by sliding the scale to 2.5 miles an hour which is a typical speed. Remember though to add in any time you may stop to admire the view.
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