Embsay Reservoir

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Embsay Reservoir
Embsay Reservoir.jpg
Location Yorkshire Dales, England
Coordinates 53°59′14″N 02°0′12″W / 53.98722°N 2.00333°W / 53.98722; -2.00333Coordinates: 53°59′14″N 02°0′12″W / 53.98722°N 2.00333°W / 53.98722; -2.00333
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Moor Beck, Lowburn Gill
Primary outflows Embsay Beck
Basin countries United Kingdom
Surface area 0.11 km2 (0.042 sq mi)
Water volume 795,000 m3 (175,000,000 imp gal)
Surface elevation 215 m (705 ft)

Embsay Reservoir is located above the village of Embsay, near Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England. It is owned by Yorkshire Water, and is used to supply water to the north and west of Skipton, feeding 25,000 homes.[1] It has a dam height of 24 m (79 ft).[2]

The reservoir was built by Skipton Urban District Council to service the needs of a rapidly rising population in the area. Forty acres of Embsay Pasture were compulsorily purchased in 1905, and work started almost immediately, with the main contract being awarded to the specialist company, Messrs G H Hill and Son. Work was completed before the end of 1909, and the reservoir was full by January 10 of the following year. It was officially opened on June 21, 1910. No dwelling houses were submerged.[3]

The reservoir is used for leisure activities such as sailing, fishing,[4] and walking, and is the home of the Craven Sailing Club.[5] There are car parking facilities for visitors.[6]


  1. ^ "Embsay residents object to pumping station plans". Craven Herald & Pioneer. Newsquest (Yorkshire & North East) Ltd. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Yorkshire Water: Embsay Reservoir". Retrieved 14 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Craven Herald:The reservoir that brought water to the masses". Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Embsay reservoir". Skipton Angling Association. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Craven Sailing Club". Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Yorkshire Water: Free Reservoir Walks" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2008.