Although built to help with the supply of water, Gouthwaite Reservoir is also a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the vast range of wildlife that it supports. It is very popular with birdwatchers and there is a small viewing platform on the edge of the reservoir. A sandmartin wall has also recently been built to provide a valuable nesting habitat for these birds.
Where: between Wath and Ramsgill on the road from Pateley Bridge to Middlesmoor. There is a small car park (please pay at the honesty box) on the roadside near to Ramsgill village.
Main image: courtesy of Eric Moss. Central image: courtesy of Robert Clay.