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Fewston Reservoir, Fewston

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Fewston Reservoir is located in the Washburn valley north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1879. The capacity is about 3.5 million cubic metres. It can be found from the A59 road.The overflow from the reservoir feeds directly into the adjoining Swinsty Reservoir. Formerly, this overflow was encircled by a metal walkway from which floodboards could be lowered, but this has since been removed.ConstructionThe reservoir was built by the Leeds Waterworks Company under the management of Robert Brooks. Consultants were Thomas Hawksley of Westminster and Edward Filliter of Leeds. Work began in 1874 and was completed in 1879.Early in the work, Fewston Mill was demolished, as was West House Mill at Blubberhouses, with the stone going to build a wall around the reservoir. Much of the machinery, including the locomotives for the narrow gauge railway, came from the construction of neighbouring Swinsty Reservoir.
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  • This is a really lovely walk along well beaten paths that are easy to follow with some sections being very wide and family / disabled friendly. The lake is a really good size and on a nice day (it was...  more »
  • Great place to walk with the family or friends. Great for picnics, exercise, photos, dog walks. Its a must see at anytime of the year!  more »
  • Another Yorkshire water reservoir with a walk by it. Very accessible from the A59 so can be busy. Lots of dogs and families. Mainly flat, some soggy bits but all in all fine. Free car park and loos. A...  more »

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