Scar House and Angram Reservoirs


Unlike some areas of the Pennines, the South Pennines in particular, relatively few of the moors and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales have been impounded to create reservoirs. Indeed Grimwith Reservoir is the only sizeable reservoir within the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Both Nidderdale and Washburndale feature a chain of reservoirs, as does the valley of Pott Beck near Masham. All three of these valleys lie within the Nidderdale AONB. Elsewhere most of the individual reservoirs either lie around the periphery of the Yorkshire Dales or are small upland reservoirs situated near old lead mine workings such as Mossy Moor Reservoir.

The links below provide information on all the reservoirs in the Yorkshire Dales that I’ve personally visited at least once during the course of my many walks in the region.

Name of Reservoir Construction Date
Angram Reservoir 1918
Beaver Dyke Reservoir 1890
Chelker Reservoir 1866
Embsay Reservoir 1910
Fewston Reservoir 1879
Gill Beck Head Reservoir ??
Gouthwaite Reservoir 1901
Grassington Moor Reservoirs ??
Grimwith Reservoir 1864
John O Gaunts Reservoir 1890
Leighton Reservoir ??
Lindley Wood Reservoir 1876
Lower Barden Reservoir ??
Lumley Moor Reservoir ??
March Ghyll Reservoir ??
Mossy Moor Reservoir ??
Roundhill Reservoir 1911
Scar House Reservoir 1936
Scargill Reservoir ??
Swinsty Reservoir 1878
Thruscross Reservoir 1966
Upper Barden Reservoir ??
Winterburn Reservoir 1893