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Hebden Beck & Grimwith Reservoir

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Hebden Beck & Grimwith Reservoir
Author: Jonathan, Published: 01 Aug 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Hebden Beck & Grimwith Reservoir
Length: 11 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A walk covering one of the prettiest rivers in the Dales, history in the form of some old lead mining works and chimney and a circuit of Grimwith Reservoir with fantastic birdlife throughout.

Mainly on good tracks/paths or lanes with an intermittent path down to the reservoir. A few sections are quite steep.

From the 2nd roundabout on the A59 just north of Skipton take the B6265 signposted Grassington.
After 7 miles the B6265 takes a right turn and arrives at Grassington 1 mile later. Follow the road past Grassington for 1.6 miles in to Hebden. Approximate post code BD23 5DE. Turn right opposite the pub and park up.

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Head up stream on the path beside Hebden Beck.
Head up stream on the path beside Hebden Beck.

Start point: 54.0726 lat, -1.9644 long
End point: 54.0884 lat, -1.9631 long

Follow the stream on a delightful riverside path for a mile passing some old lead mining workings on the way.

Explore Chimney & lead workings
 Explore Chimney & lead workings

Start point: 54.0884 lat, -1.9631 long
End point: 54.093 lat, -1.9677 long

The path turns in to a wider track as the distinctive old chimney draws the walker on. The track passes close to the chimney before turning north towards some high moorland.

Explore Chimney to High Walking
Explore Chimney to High Walking

Start point: 54.093 lat, -1.9677 long
End point: 54.0993 lat, -1.942 long

From the chimney the walk passes over high moorland towards two small damned tarns at Blea Beck. It is a short section but keep to the most southerly of the paths (whenever there is a choice) and head almost due east.

Drop down to the Reservoir
Drop down to the Reservoir

Start point: 54.0993 lat, -1.942 long
End point: 54.0866 lat, -1.9242 long

Where the track peters out near the tarn and becomes a path head along the path to the west of the stream. The stream soon falls in to a deep and dangerous gully but the path keeps high above the gully and drops safely to the reservoir track. The final descent to the reservoir is quite steep.

Walking on the North of Reservoir
Walking on the North of Reservoir

Start point: 54.0866 lat, -1.9242 long
End point: 54.0751 lat, -1.8901 long

There is a wide track (suitable for road vehicles) that circles Grimwith Reservoir and this winds gently to the far end and the suitably named Grimwith Hose. Bleak in winter, beautiful in summer!

South of the Reservoir
South of the Reservoir

Start point: 54.0751 lat, -1.8901 long
End point: 54.0752 lat, -1.9202 long

There is a choice at Grimwith House but I suggest the higher track which avoids the car park and sailing centre.
After 1/2 a mile the dam is reached and a path leads alongside. A lovely bit of easy walking.

Lane towards the main road.
Lane towards the main road.

Start point: 54.0752 lat, -1.9202 long
End point: 54.0642 lat, -1.9356 long

At the end of the dam the path climbs for 10 metres or so to join a good lane from a private house which leads like an arrow just west of south.
Follow this lane for a mile till it meets the main road

Along the B6265 to Hebden
Along the B6265 to Hebden

Start point: 54.0642 lat, -1.9356 long
End point: 54.0636 lat, -1.9603 long

Although the road is not that busy there is an irritating walk for nearly a mile with no obvious alternative.
The views are good and there is a pleasant pub to enjoy when arriving at Hebden after an excellent 10 mile walk.

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1 responses to "Hebden Beck & Grimwith Reservoir"

Very nice walk, not great for dogs due to grouse so have to be on lead for quite a lot of the walk. Plus the path down to reservoir is not easy to find. We took short cut due to getting lost.

By Ash2512 on 2016-08-08 17:33:51

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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