A walk from Little Miss Yorkshire
Embsay Reservoir walk is a great starter walk for little ones. It is only a short, one-mile circular walk, but it packs a lot in.
The walk offers stunning views out over Skipton, with Embsay Crag and Crookrise Crag forming a beautiful backdrop to the reservoir.
The walk starts at the Yorkshire Water car park, which offers free parking (BD23 6PR).
You’ll find that the terrain is mixed. Half of the route consists of a track, with other parts of the walk being comprised of stony paths. There are also some grassy areas which can get muddy, so you might want to pack wellies if required. The route is not pram friendly, though in the height of summer you may be able to navigate a good off-road pram round if it is dry enough.
I would recommend doing the route anti-clockwise, taking in the crest road first. Once you go through the gate onto the grassed area, there is a sandy beach which appears near the weir when the water level is low in the summer months. This is the best place for paddling and throwing stones in the water. The route continues around the reservoir before crossing over a footbridge. On the top of the hill is perched an old barn which my little man loves to explore, trying to see if the ‘dragon’ is at home. This is also a good distraction to stop him from lingering at the next beach area. This is the one used by geese, so I would be careful when looking for ‘stones’ to throw in the water!
From this point the path emerges onto the track. Here, you’ll find THE best puddles! This is why I suggested going anti-clockwise, as you’ll find that a change of clothing is required immediately after this!
There are plenty of benches dotted around, which make for good snack spots. You could also just sit down and watch the other families walking, the boats and wind surfers on the water, the dogs swimming and the geese flying around.
You can extend the walk by climbing either of the Crags. I would certainly recommend doing this at some point.