Posted by Sam Oakes on February 7, 2017
Thruscross Reservoir is part of the Washburn Valley and is the farthest North of the four reservoirs which include Fewston, Swinsty and Linley. Fewston and Swinsty are usually the busiest particularly with families as they have the better made paths and are shorter in length. Linley can be the quietest but this is mainly due to the lack of parking and then theres Thuscross which has ample parking, sometimes quite uneven paths and is the longest walk around at 4.5 miles, so I have never know it to be over run with people.
This is in fact one of our favourite walks nearest to Harrogate and we regularly take Ella the dog for a Sunday walk at all times of the year as it offers both waterside paths, open moorland and beautiful woodlands. Because its often a more social walk with friends and the dog, I don’t often take the tri-pod, but this year I do intend to change that as there is such a great wealth of locations all around the reservoir and you could easily spend a full day here.
From the A59 near Blubberhouses, take the Hardisty Hill Road by Fewston Reservoir, leading to Greenhow Hill Road and then take the turning left onto Reservoir Road which takes you down to Thruscross. Over the impressive Dam is the free car park. Depending on which way you choose make you way around the well marked path around the Reservoir.
As mentioned there is a wealth of locations, and every time of the year you will find many little gems to photograph. It is the reservoir that has the village of West End that was largely derelict when it was flooded over in 1966. Along the paths you will find, dark pine forests, an old derelict property, open Moorland at Libishaw Scar, high views down onto the reservoir, river inlet, the huge dam, superb reflections plus so much more! This brief description doesn’t do it justice. Below are a few shots taken in early summer and also late Autumn time during a couple of visits.