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    163 m
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    Thruscross Reservoir Walk

    Thruscross Reservoir Walk

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    The walk around Thruscross Reservoir is a nice and easy journey in the Yorkshire Dales that will provide you a sense of relaxation as you take in the natural beauty of the Washburn Valley. While out on the trail, you will traverse a variety of terrain, such as woodlands and open moor, as you make your way around the edge of the reservoir. This is a fantastic walking route that can be undertaken by outdoor enthusiasts of nearly any age or skill level.

    Route Description for Thruscross Reservoir Walk

    If the aim for your day on the trails is relaxation as opposed to pushing yourself through difficult terrain, then the Thruscross Reservoir Walk is sure to meet your needs. This laid-back adventure will lead you across a variety of terrain surrounding this body of water, offering scenic views of the surrounding countryside that will leave you feeling refreshed and reconnected with nature.

    Setting out from the car park, you will initially make your way to the northeast through a peaceful stretch of woodland terrain before traversing the open countryside surrounding the two arms along the northern edge of the reservoir. There is a bit of wild and rugged terrain along this northern part of the route; however, it is short lived and after you cross over the River Washburn, you will traverse the moor on the eastern edge of the water. From here, you will follow the shoreline to the southeast and cross over the dam wall, taking in some final views across the calm waters of Thruscross reservoir on the return to the car park.

    Getting to the Thruscross Reservoir Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Thruscross Reservoir Walk from Summerbridge, head southwest on B6451 for 1.9 km and turn right onto Dacre Lane, following it for 2.9 km. Here, the road will veer to the right and become Harper Lane. Follow this for 1.4 km and continue straight onto Reservoir Road for 1.8 km to find the car park on the left.

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