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Nidderdale & Washburn Walks

Swinsty Reservoir

November woods at Swinsty

Date: 13th November 2011
Distance: 3.1 miles
Ascent: 190 feet
Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
With: Lisa and Rhiannon
Start Grid Ref: SE186537

Walk Summary:
A 3 mile family walk around Swinsty Reservoir on a misty November afternoon.

Route Summary: Anti-clockwise circuit of Swinsty Reservoir starting from Swinsty Moor Plantation Car Park


1. With Rhiannon in Swinsty Moor Plantation

With Rhiannon in Swinsty Moor Plantation

2. Swinsty Reservoir Dam

Swinsty Reservoir Dam

3. November woods at Swinsty

November woods at Swinsty

4. Lisa and Rhiannon feeding the ducks and geese

Lisa and Rhiannon feeding the ducks and geese

5. A misty Swinsty Reservoir

A misty Swinsty Reservoir

6. Swinsty Reservoir

Swinsty Reservoir

7. The path leading to Fewston Embankment

The path leading to Fewston Embankment

8. Misty woods

Misty woods

Walk Detail: It was a particularly misty November day and due to the drizzly conditions and general lack of visibility we scrapped our initial plan, which was to try and see if Rhiannon could manage the climb up on to Embsay Crag, for this circuit of Swinsty Reservoir.

It is nearly four years ago since I carried Rhiannon around Swinsty Reservoir when she was just a few months old. This time she managed the full three miles all on her own - the longest she has walked in one go. That fact alone made the whole walk worthwhile. Even more importantly she enjoyed it as we turned the walk into an extended play time interspersed with one stop for a picnic and another stop to feed the ducks.

The mist was so thick that you could barely see one side of the reservoir from the other. However, not even the poor visibility could obscure the colorful autumn woods surrounding the reservoir. A lovely little walk perfect for a budding little walker.

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