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Grimwith Reservoir, Skipton

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Grimwith Reservoir is located in the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England. It is accessed from the B6265 road 1.5mi east of Hebden and 8mi west of Pateley Bridge. With a surface area of 1.47km2 and holding 21772000m3 of water it is Yorkshire Water's largest reservoir.The original reservoir was built in 1864 by the Bradford Corporation, the Local Authority for the city of Bradford, approximately 300m above sea level in Wharfedale. Following an agreement made in 1970 the size of the reservoir was increased by seven times and the water level was raised by 20m, with work starting in 1976 and being completed in 1983. The reservoir outlet is the site of a renewable energy project that saw the installation of a small turbine that generates 1400 MWh of electricity per annum.The reservoir is an important area for birds and is home to wildfowl such as Eurasian wigeon, teal, greylag geese and Canada geese. Other birds that can be seen at various times in the area include ringed plover, northern lapwing, common redshank, Eurasian curlew, reed bunting, lesser redpoll, whinchat and sedge warbler.
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  • Visited this place with my wife and 2 dogs after a friend recommended it. The place has free parking and it's a lovely 4.5 miles walk round the reservoir, which has some stunning views and lots of wil...  more »
  • Took the dogs ( 2 very energetic working cocker spaniels ) for an early morning walk around this extremely picturesque body of water. At 4 1/2 miles it is easy walking - with different views as you wa...  more »
  • We stopped off here on our way home from Skipton - it's a wonderful walk with interesting wildlife, and so peaceful. Would definitely recommend.  more »