Swinsty Reservoir

Swinsty Reservoir

Walk Summary

A slightly extended version of the popular circuit around Swinsty Reservoir by making use of the permissive path below the reservoir dam.

Distance: 4.5 miles
Total ascent: 285ft
Walk Rating: ****
Parking: Swinsty Woods Car Park
Route: Download Route [GPX]

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Walk Report

When our daughter went out for the day with a friend I was expecting to be spending most of the day decorating. It was a pleasant surpise then when my wife Lisa suggested that we first head out for a short walk and for some fresh air. So it was that we set off for Swinsty Reservoir, a favourite of ours for short walks.

Starting from the car park on the western side of the reservoir we set off around the reservoir anti-clockwise. It seemed that we reached the northern end of the reservoir in double quick time. It was then that we realised this was our first visit to Swinsty in over ten years without our daughter in tow which probably explained our faster pace!

“We paused briefly whilst crossing the dam of neighbouring Fewston Reservoir so that I could take a few photos of a pair of cormorants fishing on the reservoir.”

Despite walking faster along the path than usual one thing that struck me was the large number of memorial plaques I spotted. Mostly attached to benches there were also some set in the wall. For some reason some people seem to take offence at these countryside memorials but I rather like them and I made a point of stopping and reading each one.

We paused briefly whilst crossing the dam of neighbouring Fewston Reservoir so that I could take a few photos of a pair of cormorants fishing on the reservoir. Once across the dam we took the lower track of no less than three that leaves the parking area on the western side of the dam.

As we approached Swinsty’s dam patches of sunshine began to break through the cloud. It was then that I suggested we extend the walk a bit by making use of the permissive path that descends alongside the reservoir’s slipway before returning up to the other side of the dam alongside the River Washburn.

It proved to be a nice addition with one section of path on the wooded riverbank being particularly pleasant. Having rejoined the main path at Swinsty Cottage it was then a simple walk back up the eastern side of the reservoir.

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