Thruscross Resevoir, Blubberhouses

Water Body · Nature / Park
Thruscross Reservoir is the northernmost of four reservoirs in the Washburn valley, lying north of Otley and west of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England, near the hamlet of Thruscross. It can be found on an unclassified road from the A59 road (where the road from Otley joins.) Permission to construct the reservoir was granted via a water order in 1960 and Thruscross was completed in 1966, much later than the other three reservoirs which date back to the nineteenth century.
The construction of the reservoir flooded the village of West End, which was already largely derelict following the decline of the flax industry. There is another hamlet close to the reservoir that retains the name of West End. The remains of a flax mill can be seen at the edge of the reservoir, and more of the village has been revealed at times of drought, such as the summers of 1989 and 1990. The work to build the reservoir included clearing trees, removing sacred items from the church and exhuming bodies from the graveyard.
The reservoir is the property of Yorkshire Water, which manages it for the benefit of walkers, anglers and wildlife.

The section of the river below the reservoir is used for Whitewater kayaking when water is released by Yorkshire Water.
In the novel In a Dry Season by the English-born, Canadian-based crime writer Peter Robinson, the fictional village of Hobb's End, flooded by the creation of the Thornfield Reservoir, is exposed during a drought, leading to the discovery of a body. The geography described by Robinson indicates that he based the location of Hobb's End on the village of West End. The small bridge over the Washburn becomes the 'Fairy Bridge' and the flax mill is mentioned explicitly.
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  • Lovely walk with the dogs around the reserviour. Park in main car park(barrier is 2.2m high/no parking charge), walk out though main vehicle entrance and cross road and enter path then follow black...  more »
  • Parked up in the Yorkshire Water car park at Blubberhouses and walked up the Washburn before going round the Reservoir and returning by the same route. Great walk giving you a spell of riverside...  more »
  • Great walking retreat. Medium level effort.
  • Lots of lovely scenery, quite hilly in places and some footpaths are narrow and muddy! It took us about 2 hours to walk around it, going alongside the res, through some spooky looking trees, up a load of steps, past the big stones, through a field (where you feel at first that you're walking away from the res) , back to the res, along a road and bridge, then back to carpark! Only downside is there isn't really enough black markers to follow and we thought we were going wrong as we ended up following green markers (which weren't even on the carpark map!) no signal so I'd study the map carefully or take a picture of it before setting off!! It was a nice walk though and very peaceful!

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