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Nidderdale & Washburn Walks

Fewston Reservoir

Date: 23rd November 2013
Distance: 4.1 miles
Ascent: 270 feet
Time: 1 hour 40 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SE168553

Walk Summary:
An idyllic walk around Fewston Reservoir on a beautiful late November morning.

Route Summary: A simple clockwise circuit of Fewston Reservoir

Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.

Blubberhouses Church just above the parking area
Fewston Reservoir
The woodland path leading up to the upper parking area
Blubberhouses Church from the upper parking area
There was a beautiful contrast between the blue sky and the autumn leaves
The lovely path along the eastern side of the reservoir
Posing on a tree stump while soaking in the views of Fewston Reservoir
Fewston Reservoir from the dam
Some frosty berries
Another view of Fewston Reservoir


Walk Detail: Finding myself with a small window of opportunity in the morning before some friends arrived for the weekend I nipped out in the car to Fewston Reservoir for a quick walk. Although I seem to visit near neighbour Swinsty Reservoir about once a year this was the first time that I've walked around Fewston Reservoir since 2007.

Having parked up at the car park just off the A59 I set off to do a clockwise circuit of the reservoir. It was a beautiful November morning with the still reflective waters contrasting nicely with the increasingly bright blue sky and the early morning sunshine.

Part way round I took a path doubling back and up to another parking area as I'd been meaning for a while now to try and get a picture of Blubberhouses Church from this angle. I was hoping that I'd be able to capture some of the reservoir in the foreground and while the view wasn't quite as imagined it in my head it was still lovely.

Heading back down to the reservoir path I found a nice tree stump to pose on for some more pictures before continuing along enjoying the lovely autumn colours. Crossing over the dam it was then a simple walk back along the other side of the reservoir this time with some beautiful views back to the wooded shore line that I'd walk alongside earlier.

Helped by the glorious weather this was a wonderfully relaxing and idyllic little walk. While I tend to go to Swinsty for family walks, as it is that litlle bit shorter for my daughter, it can get crowded in places. Fewston seemed altogether quieter and I'm fairly sure I won't be leaving it six years before I go back again. Perhaps next time I'll go on a late summer evening for completely contrasting colours.

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