Type of walk
Hilly, Flat, Forest
Free Parking, Off Lead Areas, On Lead Areas, Pathed Routes, Animals On Route, Picnic Areas, Water On Route, Refreshments Available
About this walk
Parking is free at the two designated car parks, warning do not park anywhere else because as remote as it is you may get a ticket. The main walk is a scenic mainly gravelled path around the reservoir approximately 1 mile through woodland on one side which is secure from road and no farm animals so you can let well behaved dogs roam free.
There are many other walks along forest roads and through a network of woodland up left and right directly away from the reservoir and car park although you will have to have your dog on a lead as there can be a few sheep and cattle about.
It is unfortunately not wheel chair friendly apart from 2 spaces at the dam end for access to that area.
For refreshments the village of Osmotherley is about half a mile away with a few pubs, cafe and a local shop serving good food, also in the summer months in school holidays and on a weekend an ice cream van is usually present in the main car park.
Quarry Lane, Northallerton DL6 3AL, UK
Sheep wash, Osmotherley near Northallerton.
Always keep your dog on a short lead near farm animals, but if cattle act aggressively it is safer if you let it off the lead.
On moorland it's important to keep your dog on a short lead (less than 2 metres) between 1st March and 31st July when rare birds are nesting on the ground. In most moorland areas dogs must stay on rights of way.
Never let your dog chase animals or birds. A dog worrying livestock can be legally shot. Please keep them on a lead or to heel at all times.
Always deal with your dog's mess! Don't leave dog mess on paths or areas where people walk. Arable crops and grass are used for producing food for people or livestock, so always clean up in farmland too – dog faeces infected with the parasite 'Neospora caninum' can infect cattle herds, causing abortions and ongoing infection.
It's safer if you keep your dog on a lead by your side near horse-riders or cyclists.
Always look out for signs giving advice on keeping your dog on a lead at sensitive times for wildlife and farm animals.