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Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir

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Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir
Author: Where2Walk, Published: 01 Aug 2012 Walk Rating:star1 Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide star1 Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide star1 Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide star0 Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide star0 Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir
Length: 11 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide boot Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide boot Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide boot Hebden Beck and Grimwith Reservoir Walking Guide
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An 11 mile circular walk covering one of the prettiest rivers in the Yorkshire Dales, history in the form of some old lead mining works and chimney and a circuit of Grimwith Reservoir with fantastic birdlife throughout.

The walk is 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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Walk Sections

Head upstream on the path beside Hebden Beck
Head upstream on the path beside Hebden Beck

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

From the B6265, head north along the lane (High Green) with Hebden Beck to your right. From the cottages at the end of the lane, follow the stream on a delightful riverside footpath 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. This area is open access land so the paths are not distinct. 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 and very intermittent so you will need to find the best route you can.

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 House. 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 half 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 until 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

Turn right along the road taking care of traffic. 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 11 mile walk.

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3 comments for "Hebden Beck and 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 08 Aug 2016

Lovely walk, lovely scenery throughout. We also however had to take an alternative route to reach the reservoir. We seemed to be at the wrong side of the river?

By luvbug1984 on 23 Jul 2017

Very nice walk. Starting mile could be clarified to make clear stay on the road by river rather than head up to the scar. Also agree with the two comments above the directions preceding the “ravine” ahead of the reservoir are incorrect. I think it should say stay to the left of the beck to ensure you make the reservoir loop. Lovely scenery none the less.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for your comments and glad you enjoyed walking in this area. We are aware that this walk is not as well described as most on our site and would like to improve it. We have added your suggested info to the first section to aid navigation - thank you for providing that. We have also sent a message to the walk author to double check the route along the stream and to the reservoir - the route listed on the author's own website (Where2Walk) are the same as this version; the route is west of the stream through open access land with an indistinct and steep route down to the reservoir. We hope to get more details to improve the map/description.

By passey on 10 Oct 2017

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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