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Lumley Moor Reservoir
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Route No. 729 - Wednesday 18 July 2018
High Grantley, Lumley Farm, Lumley Moor Reservoir,
Drift Lane, Low Green Farm circuit - 6km
Lower Wensleydale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 298 Nidderdale


Parking area along side the playing field at the southern edge of High Grantley
Parking area along side the playing field at the southern edge of High Grantley


Setting off along the road through High Grantley

From our parking spot we walked along the road northwest and then northwards through the village. We passed the Grantley Arms, pub, on our left and then the village hall. After about 300m we came to a road junction where we turned right to walk along a narrow leafy lane heading northeast.

Another lovely warm, bright sunny day. This morning my wife & I drove out to the village of High Grantley, about 8km west of Ripon town centre. We approached from Risplith, south of High Grantley and at the road junction on the southern edge of the village we turned left to park along side the playing field and children's playground at map ref, SE 232 699.

Passing the Grantley Arms
Passing the Grantley Arms

About to turn right off the road on to a narrow lane at the northern end of High Grantley
About to turn right off the road on to a narrow lane at the northern end of High Grantley

Leafy lane from High Grantley to Low Grantley Farm
Leafy lane from High Grantley to Low Grantley Farm

Turning from the lane on to the road at Low Grantley Farm
Turning from the lane on to the road at Low Grantley Farm

Hand pump in the hedge near Ivy House
Hand pump in the hedge near Ivy House

Following the road to the T-junction at its end
Following the road to the T-junction at its end

At the junction we turned left and walked southwest along a much busier road for about 120m. Here there was a wooden finger post in the grassy bank on the left hand side of the road, pointing across the road to a field gate on the right hand side of the road.

We followed this pleasant lane for about 500m to a road junction next to Low Grantley Farm at map ref. SE 237 703. At the road junction we turned left and walked along this quiet road for another 500m to the end of the road at a 'T'-junction.

Leafy lane from High Grantley to Low Grantley Farm
Leafy lane from High Grantley to Low Grantley Farm

Following the road past Ivy House
Following the road past Ivy House

Horses in the field on the road side
Horses in the field on the road side

Turning left at the T-junction on to a busier road
Turning left at the T-junction on to a busier road

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Sign to our turning off the road
Sign to our turning off the road

Start of the public footpath across the field
Start of the public footpath across the field

Stile from the field into Ruddings Plantation
Stile from the field into Ruddings Plantation

Footbridge over Holborn Beck
Footbridge over Holborn Beck

This long spell of hot dry weather has burnt all the grass off the fields so farmers are having to bring feed out to the fields. After about 100m we came to a stile at the edge of the field that led us into some woodland called Ruddings Plantation. We followed the path down through the woodland to cross a little footbridge over Holborn Beck. We continued along the path now climbing up through the woodland to a stile on to a farm access road at the top edge of the wood.

Opposite the finger post we turned right through the field gate to follow a public footpath across the field heading northwest parallel to the field wall on our left hand side. The flock of sheep in the field quickly gathered round us. They were clearly used to being fed. Indeed much of the livestock we have met on recent walks seems to be being fed.

Sheep hoping to be fed
Sheep hoping to be fed

Path through Ruddings Plantation
Path through Ruddings Plantation

Climbing up through the wood to the access road
Climbing up through the wood to the access road

Stile from the woodland path on to the access road to the Lumley Moor Reservoir
Stile from the woodland path on to the access road to the Lumley Moor Reservoir

Following the access road towards the reservoir
Following the access road towards the reservoir

Childrens‘ dilapidated tree house by the road side
Children's‘ dilapidated tree house by the road side

Just beyond this turning we came to the dam of Lumley Moor Reservoir on our left. It is a very pretty reservoir with a path all round the wooded fringe of the reservoir. The whole place was so lovely in the warm sunshine that we decided to walk right round the reservoir.

At the access road we turned left and walked along the access road past Lumley Farm on our right. After about 300m from the farm we passed a turning on our left to the Waterworks Cottages.

Following the access road past Lumley Farm
Following the access road past Lumley Farm

The entrance to Lumley Moor Reservoir site
The entrance to Lumley Moor Reservoir site

Nearing the dam at Lumley Moor Reservoir
Nearing the dam at Lumley Moor Reservoir

Starting to cross the reservoir dam
Starting to cross the reservoir dam

Rowing boats moored near the dam
Rowing boats moored near the dam

About 100m from the dam we passed a stile in the wall on our left. This is where we plan to leave the reservoir after our full circuit of this very pretty little lake. We continued along the lake side path over a small stone bridge and earth embankment to cross a small arm of the reservoir on our left.

At the dam we turned left and walked across the top of the dam, past the draw-off tower with a fine view across the reservoir. From the dam we followed the path through the woodland around the edge of the reservoir.

View across the reservoir from the dam by the draw-off tower
View across the reservoir from the dam by the draw-off tower

Woodland path arounf the reservoir
Woodland path around the reservoir

It was a very pretty walk through the woods around the reservoir
It was a very pretty walk through the woods around the reservoir

Another view of the reservoir from the footpath around it
Another view of the reservoir from the footpath around it

Woodland footpath arund the reservoir
Woodland footpath around the reservoir

Bridge and embankment across an arm of the reservoir
Bridge and embankment across an arm of the reservoir

Woodland path beside the reservoir
Woodland path beside the reservoir

There were numerous greylag geese sitting on the dry banks of the reservoir and a few families of ducks on the water but I didn't spot anything else. There was a seat near the dam where we sat for a drink and just to enjoy the view across the lake.

The path continued close to the lake edge and then turned right across a larger arm of the reservoir at the northern end of the lake. The path then turned right again along the eastern side of the lake heading back to the dam.

Woodland footpath arund the reservoir
Woodland footpath around the reservoir

The reservoir seen from the woodland path
The reservoir seen from the woodland path

A few of the many greylag geese resting along the shore
A few of the many greylag geese resting along the shore

Seat by the reservoir near the dam
Seat by the reservoir near the dam

View across the reservoir from the seat
View across the reservoir from the seat

The dry spillway from the reservoir
The dry spillway from the reservoir

Stile from the reservoir site to the field path
Stile from the reservoir site to the field path

Field path to High Redmires
Field path to High Redmires

We crossed the stile and followed the public footpath across a large field with sheep & young cattle and then along the edge of a second field to a road called Drift Lane in front of a cottage at High Redmires.

After our break at the seat we re-crossed the dam and continued along the path to the stile in the wall on our left at map ref. SE 222 705.

Re-crossing the dam on our way to leave the reservoir site
Re-crossing the dam on our way to leave the reservoir site

Field path to High Redmires
Field path to High Redmires

Field path to High Redmires
Field path to High Redmires

Gate to Drift Lane at High Redmires
Gate to Drift Lane at High Redmires

The road from High Redmires
The road from High Redmires . . .

At the farm house there was some work in progress on the access to the farm. We turned left off the lane to a stile at the top of a stone retaining wall at the corner of the field next to the farm house.

At the road we turned left and walked along the road for about 130m. Here we turned right and walked along a narrow lane for another 200m to Low Green Farm.

our turning off the road on to the lane to Low Green Farm
. . . our turning off the road on to the lane to Low Green Farm

High stile at Low Green Farm to the field path
High stile at Low Green Farm to the field path

Path from Low Green farm towards High Grantley
Path from Low Green farm towards High Grantley

Path along the edge of the second field by the
Path along the edge of the second field by the hedge

At the end of the field there was a stone step stile though the wall and then very close to it a broken wooden stile over a post & wire fence. From this stile we crossed a small field to a gate on to the road leading to High Grantley. This gate was padlocked leaving an awkward scramble over the wall by the gate

Through the stile the path was not well defined across the field but we headed across the field parallel to the wall on our right and about 20m from it to reach a field gate at the far side of the field. From this gate we continued along the edge of the next field with the hedge on our left.

Stile by the gate to the second field
Stile by the gate to the second field

Awkward double stile over the wall then over the fence
Awkward double stile over the wall then over the fence

Padlocked gate on to the road to High Grantley
Padlocked gate on to the road to High Grantley

The road back to High Grantley past High Barn
The road back to High Grantley past High Barn

Dropping down along the lane to High Grantley
Dropping down along the lane to High Grantley

The whole route had been 6km and it had taken us about two and a half hours to walk, plus quite a long stop on the seat looking across the reservoir.

From the gate we walked along the road past a property called High Barn and down the hill back into High Grantley. We came into High Grantley at the children's' playing field where we had parked.

Dropping down along the lane to High Grantley
Dropping down along the lane to High Grantley

Motif on the wall above the porch of the house at the junction
Motif on the wall above the porch of the house at the junction

Returning to the parking area by the playing field at High Grantley at the end of our walk
Returning to the parking area by the playing field at High Grantley at the end of our walk

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