Cod Beck Reservoir
Osmotherly, DL6 3ALWalk around the beautiful man-made lake situated within the North York Moors National Park. Begin
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Did you know that the nearby 'Hambleton Drove Road' is an ancient route that is believed to have been in use even before the Romans arrived here? Please note that this trail does not take you along the drovers road.
The Drove Road was very busy during the 18th century. Drovers from Scotland would take their cattle to markets at Malton, York or even London – a long slow journey as they would only travel about 12 miles each day.Continue
The Cod Beck river runs for about 20 miles (32Km) through the valley and beyond Thirsk where it joins the river Swale.
Did you know that the name Cod Beck has nothing to do with fish as Cod do not live in fresh water? Photo: Low water levels in 2018 (by www.fhithich.uk)
The name Cod Beck, is a derivative of the name Cold Beck, but some authorities have suggested that it comes from the Celtic word ‘Coed’ meaning ‘woody’.
The Cod Beck Reservoir was constructed between 1948 and 1953 to provide water to Northallerton, Thirsk and Osmotherly Photo: construction of the dam (Credit: Hutton Rudby and District Local History Society)
Each year volunteers go out on toad patrol for up to a month to collect the toads in buckets and carry them to safety. Photo: construction of the dam (Credit: Hutton Rudby and District Local History Society)
Did you know that the threatment works at Cod Beck were closed down in 2006 after the deterioration of the quality of the water from the Moorland? Photo: construction of the dam (Credit: Hutton Rudby and District Local History Society)
Photo: construction of the dam (Credit: Hutton Rudby and District Local History Society)
Sheepwash, at the northern end of the reservoir down by the ford crossing probably gets its name from the fact that shepherds would have brought their sheep down off the moors to wash them.
Starting at this point, the Lyke Wake Walk is a difficult 40 mile trek across the moors ending in in Ravenscar and includes about 5000 feet of climbing. The challenge is to complete it in 24 hours.
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Cod Beck Reservoir