Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Reservoir of Surprises; Grimwith Reservoir: 4.5 Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Reservoir of Surprises; Grimwith Reservoir: 4.5 Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

AR O U T E around the perimeter of a reservoir is more often than not easy to follow but there are a few interesting surprises in store around the edge of Grimwith Reservoir in Wharfedale. Starting from the parking area on the east side of the reservoir we head to the left down the public road and turn right through a wooden gate along the embankment.

Lower ground on our left is scarred by disused mines and coal shafts as we take in views along the course of the River Dibb to a background of calls from wading birds.

Walking ahead along Toothill Ridge we pass through a wooden field gate with stone walls on both sides of our route.

Beyond another wooden gate and stile we pass a strip of woodland on our right and just past a stone building, right, our route bends left up a slope to a wooden field gate.

At the junction of routes we bear to the right down a slope past a Nature Conservation area, right, before a strip of woodland lines the lower level on our right. After crossing a wooden footbridge we walk up the sloping hillside between trees before a down hill section takes us over another bridge.

Our route bends to the right away from Bracken Haw around the edge of the reservoir and we leave the main track, which veers to the left, to walk ahead through a wooden kissing gate. The pathway runs uphill before turning down the slope along a series of uneven steps and boulders to reach a wooden footbridge.

Beyond the bridge we join a stony track and pause to note the tablet in the stone wall on our left and information about the ruined hamlet of Gate Up.

A right hand bend then takes us over a gully with trees on our right and a stone wall on the left.

A right-hand bend then takes our route over a causeway with trees on the right and moorland, left, to pass the ruined 19th century Grimwith House, and information boards help us to identify greylag geese and widgeon along the shore of the reservoir. …

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