Where is this walk?

Cod Beck Reservoir from Osmotherley

October 29, 2018

Cod Beck Reservoir from Osmotherley is a fine short walk. The reservoir is beautifully set in woodland and the return through the trees opens out to give enticing views across the Vale of York.

The Walk

Barely a mile north of Osmotherley lies Cod Beck Reservoir. An idyllic man made lake on the outskirts of the pretty village of Osmotherley.  In good weather (it snowed when I was last there!) ,and once you have moved out from the attractive woodland that fringes the lake, the views of open moorland, farmland and across the Vale of York are outstanding.

Cod Beck Reservoir is a renowned beauty spot and often very popular so I suggest taking the high level Cleveland Way to Scarth Nick and the beginning of the walk.  Take in the excellent views before returning to the bridge at Sheepwash and approaching the reservoir via the western shores. It is a prettier option on a good woodland path.

nb: The photos I took of Cod Beck are in a snow storm, It is not usually like that!


St Peter’s Church in Osmotherley dates back to Norman times and well worth a visit.

Navigation Tips at Cod Beck Reservoir

The orange dashed path that is shown on Ordnance Survey 1.25,000 maps represents a permissive path. This means it is open with permission of the land owner and they can re-route, change or even close it. If the path is green dashes they cannot do this. It is a public right of way.

1 Comment
  • Paul Brannan says:

    A none too taxing little walk but it can get incredibly muddy after rains so make sure you dress accordingly.

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