Embsay Reservoir and Embsay Crag Walk

in Skipton

A beautiful short walk near Skipton that starts with a walk to the reservoir and then concludes with an easy climb to the craggy summit of Embsay Crag with outstanding views.

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The Route

  • Start Point: Embsay near the Elm Tree Inn
  • Finish Point: Embsay near the Elm Tree Inn
  • Distance: 3.5 miles

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Walk Description

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Prepare for a walk that takes you through layers of tranquility and excitement, all woven into the natural fabric of the English countryside. Your journey begins at a location pinpointed by the unique what3words address, making it incredibly easy for you to locate your starting point. From here, you’ll saunter along a serene, quiet road that promises solitude and ample time for reflection.

As you make your way to Embsay Reservoir, you’ll notice that the water body is not just a feast for the eyes, but also a hub of local activities. Here, you might catch glimpses of sails dotting the water’s surface, billowing in the wind as members of the local sailing club take to the waters. Fishermen, too, often find sanctuary here, casting their lines in hopes of a good catch. The reservoir serves as a microcosm of community life, where leisure and sport seamlessly blend with the natural environment.

Leaving the reservoir behind, you’ll embark on a short but rewarding climb. The path you’ll tread is clearly marked, guiding you toward the majestic presence of Embsay Crag. As you ascend, take a moment to breathe in the crisp, fresh air, tinged with the earthy scent of the moors. The rocky summit is strewn with large granite boulders, a geological marvel that provides an excellent backdrop for an alfresco meal. Why not have a picnic right here? Perched amidst these boulders, you can relish your food while absorbing the sweeping views of the surrounding landscape.

But the walk isn’t over yet. From Embsay Crag, your path leads you back toward the village, but with a pastoral twist. Descending through fields speckled with grazing sheep, you’ll experience the quintessential British countryside. These woolly companions add a charming, bucolic layer to your adventure, making you feel as though you’ve stepped into a classic pastoral painting. Their gentle bleating might just serve as the soothing soundtrack to your descent.

Upon your return, you’ll find yourself entering Embsay from an entirely different perspective, giving you the chance to appreciate the village anew. As you wrap up your journey, you’ll realize that this wasn’t just a walk but a full-circle experience. From the tranquility of the reservoir and the exhilarating climb to the summit, to the idyllic descent through sheep-laden fields, the Embsay Reservoir and Crag walk is an encapsulating experience of nature, activity, and peace.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker looking for a quick escape or a leisurely walker hoping to take in the simple pleasures of rural life, this walk offers a balanced blend of elements to make your outing an unforgettable one.

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