North-west out of Pateley Bridge, following the Nidderdale Way on the eastern side of Gouthwaite Reservoir, all the way to Lofthouse. South-east, following the Nidderdale Way on the western side of the reservoir, back to Pateley Bridge. A 15-mile walk in Nidderdale.

Recommended Ordnance Survey Map

The best map to use on this walk is the Ordnance Survey map of Nidderdale, reference OS Explorer 298, scale 1:25,000. It clearly displays footpaths, rights of way, open access land and vegetation on the ground, making it ideal for walking, running and hiking. The map can be purchased from Amazon in either a standard, paper version or a weatherproof, laminated version, as shown below.

Gouthwaite Reservoir.

Dismantled railway line on the east side of Gouthwaite Reservoir.

Flooded track near High Holme Farm.

The view south over the Nidderdale valley.

Studfold Caravan and Camping Park near Lofthouse.

Studfold Farm.

Old livestock building near High Blayshaw.

The view north towards Lofthouse and Middlesmoor.

Heading down to Ramsgill.


St Mary’s Church, Ramsgill.

Gouthwaite Reservoir.