Lumley Moor Reservoir

Lumley Moor Reservoir

Lumley Moor Reservoir is a nice little reservoir near the small village of High Grantley on the eastern fringe of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The reservoir is managed by Yorkshire Water though I’ve been unable to find out when the reservoir was constructed or which town it supplies. According to a Harrogate Borough Council Landscape Character Assessment the reservoir is a designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

Yorkshire Water sign on the reservoir dam
Yorkshire Water sign on the reservoir dam

So far my only visit to Lumley Moor Reservoir was in January 2019 on a lovely walk that also took in Eavestone Lake. I found the reservoir to be a most attractive sheet of water which seemed to be popular with geese. I also saw a cormorant but I was not quite quick enough changing my camera lens to get a photo.

The lovely wooded path on the southern edge of the reservoir
The lovely wooded path on the southern edge of the reservoir

There is a fine path encircling the reservoir. This is particularly attractive on the southern side of the reservoir as it passes through some birch woodland. Not all the path is marked a public right of way but there doesn’t seem to be any restriction on using the path all the way round.

A couple of boats on the shore of Lumley Moor Reservoir
A couple of boats on the shore of Lumley Moor Reservoir

A couple of rowing boats at the southern end of the dam suggested that it does see some activity. I also noted a sign saying that it was also a fishing site for the Ripon Angling Club. On my visit however I didn’t see anyone and had the whole reservoir to myself – apart from the birdlife that is!

A flock of geese on Lumley Moor Reservoir
A flock of geese on Lumley Moor Reservoir

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