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Washburn Valley
Harrogate, South Dales

Details for Washburn Valley

Fly Fishing at Swinsty Reservoir
Lindley Wood

The Washburn Valley and the river Washburn lie on the edge of Nidderdale and Wharfedale in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. It is no surprise to visitors that this area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The scenery is stunning and there are breathtaking views from every angle.

Walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding are popular activities with visitors to the valley who come to enjoy the countryside and fresh air. The valley has a long and interesting history dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze ages. There are still the remains of ancient settlements to be seen and beneath Swinsty Reservoir lies the village of New Hall, which was flooded at the time of the industrial revolution to create the fresh water supply for the City of Leeds. The valley supports several reservoirs at Lindley Wood, Swinsty, Fewston and Thruscross, which are fed from the river which flows down from Washburn Head.

The lush green valley is mainly used for livestock farming and the patchwork of fields and stone walls is interspersed by large areas of conifer plantations and ancient woodlands, mainly around the reservoirs. There are also wide areas of marshy wetland and moorland where the birdlife is amazing. A birdwatchers paradise where a vast number of wading birds and wild fowl descend and the skies are filled with a variety of species, including the rare Buzzard, Red Kite and Hen Harrier. ...


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