Location: Embsay Reservoir car park, BD23 6PR
Distance: 1 mile circular
The car park is free and the walk is a circular route.
The terrain is a mix with a track for half of it and then grass around the rest although parts have been improved over the last year. It does remain boggy in parts so wouldn’t recommend a pram (although I managed to get a trike round in the summer).
On a summers day when the water level is a little lower there are a few ‘beaches’ including a really nice sandy one that emerges next to the spillway which is great for paddling and throwing stones in the water. It’s also a good rest point after walking along the crest of the embankment. There is another beach which is quite rocky but be careful as this is home to all the geese so you can imagine what you may mistake for a stone! Take the wipes with you!
There are plenty of benches to stop and rest and of course eat snacks but they are also great for just watching the world go by, the boats and wind surfers on the water, the geese flying in, the dogs swimming, and just general people watching.