Grimwith Reservoir via Hebden Beck

  • History explored in Hebden Beck
  • Peaceful Grimwith Reservoir
  • Long but interesting throughout

The popular walk around Grimwith Reservoir is a 4 and 1/2 mile tramp from the large car park on its southern flank. For bird watchers this is a great choice with the reservoir being an important habitat for some rare species including the wigeon. However there is much more to the area and a walk around Grimwith Reservoir can be reasonably well combined with a walk up Hebden Beck; quite beautiful and full of historical interest. Hebden Beck combines some exquisite scenery with an array of old buildings, quarries and a 40 metre high, perfectly preserved chimney which I simply had to visit.

Only in Swaledale are the remains of the old lead mining industry which used to sustain the Yorkshire Dales (along with farming) so easy to view and explore as this. Cutting across to Grimwith Reservoir from the chimney involves a mile and a half of Grassington Moor, sometimes wet and trackless. Above the reservoir the spectacular gorge of Blea Gill is out of bounds (although I did find myself in it!) but a track skirts the northgern boundary dumping you on the reservoir path easily enough. I think this is a great walk and one of my personal favourites for its variety and ‘interest value’ – top 10 material.

Recommend: If for whatever reason you do not fancy the 11 miles do not ignore Hebden Gill, look at the photos, it is lovely!

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Hebden Beck & Grimshaw Reservoir map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SE 027631. Park anywhere in Hebden . The start is the road leading north just to the west of the beck.
Height to Climb: 251 ms (823 feet)
Terrain: Most of the walk is on good tracks. The crossing from the chimney to the reservoir is on an intermittent path but it is difficult to go wrong.
Eating & Drinking: The Clarendon Hotel is an old coaching inn dating back many 100 years. It serves excellent food and is good for walkers. There is also a tea shop in the village.
Similar Walks Nearby: In Sight of Simons Seat
Bordley under Malham Moor
Villages of Wharfedale
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