Thruscross Reservoir

  • Walk around the reservoir
  • Plenty of interesting woodland
  • Varied terrain

There is something peaceful and satisfying about any walk that circles a reservoir. The peaceful element comes from the wooded shorelines and tranquil waters whilst the satisfaction is from an obvious physical feature that can be completed in a relatively straightforward walk.

Thruscross Reservoir has the additional benefit of some varied walking; in particular there is some wild country at the northern end. The River Washburn leads in to some wild moorland and for a mile the walk passes over the heather clad moors, fine in the warm summer sun but I am sure it could be  bleak place in a winter storm! The reservoir itself was completed relatively recently (1966) but did still require the flooding of a largely derelict village (West End). The remains of the flax industry, largely the mills, that West End was built upon can be seen along the north western shores.

Recommend: As the highest of the 4 Washburn reservoirs this makes for some lovely late evening light for the budding photographer.

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Thruscross Reservoir map

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Start Point: SE 155574, From the Yorkshire Water car park head for 50 metres away from the dam and turn right on a path in to the woods.
Height to Climb: 163 ms
Terrain: A mix of woodland paths, moorland an some intermittant paths to the North West
Eating & Drinking: This is very much a picnic walk, plenty of lovely spots to stop in.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs
Lower Nidd at Dacre Banks
Brimham Rocks
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