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    Owned by Yorkshire Water and run as a trout fishery. No paddling/boating allowed.

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    Passed by this lovely bit of water on my way to Skipton Christmas Market so was interested enough to check this thread. Realised that the information on here was last updated in 2008. So I emailed Yorkshire Water with my disappointment that they don't allow access. Got a phone call back from a nice young lady who apologised profusely that she couldn't help. Her reasoning was that there were undercurrents on the reservoir that made it unsafe.
    I noted to her that fishing was allowed and it was highly unlikely that if a fisherman fell in, that they would have a buoyancy aid on.
    Long story short, access is still not available on most Yorkshire reservoirs, mainly due to elf and safety. Sad so sad.

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    Earlier this year, Yorkshire Water sent out an e-mail entitled "Exploring opportunities on our land"...

    We would like you to join us at a special event on Tuesday, June 9th, to explore ways we may be able to work together to improve the range of outdoor leisure activities and events provided on Yorkshire Water’s land and reservoir sites. As one of the Yorkshire region’s biggest landowners, we have an aspiration to be a recognised leader in the use of our land and waters by 2020 – however we recognise that we cannot achieve this on our own.

    Yorkshire Water already provides a wide range of activities for the public to enjoy including fishing, sailing, rambling, horse-riding, mountain-biking and bird-watching – but we have the potential and the appetite to do more! To this end, we will shortly be inviting organisations with an interest in sport, the outdoors, events, the environment, the arts and culture to submit proposals to work with us to create even more memorable outdoor leisure experiences on our land for the public to enjoy.

    Our event is taking place in the Confluence Hall conference venue situated at our headquarters on Halifax Road, Bradford, on Tuesday, June 9th, between 10am and 3pm. In the morning we will explain our previous approach to the development of our land and reservoir sites, what recent research has told us and what future approach we are planning to take with regard to developing new opportunities on our land. After lunch it will be over to you to explore our brief with key members of our Recreation Team before going away to develop your ideas [...]
    Richard Atkinson and Chris Hawkesworth attended for British Canoeing. Phil Scowcroft and I represented Yorkshire's Regional Development Team. Many other organisations attended. Yorkshire Water fielded a substantial field of senior officers, headed by their Director of Communications... and their CEO. The gist of their pitch was they wanted proposals from us on how we could work together.

    By the end of July I'd met with various folk, including the Catchment and Recreation Manager at YW, and had submitted an outline proposal on behalf of the RDT. Under the head of “more and better places” we proposed initiatives on the three fronts:
    • On reservoirs – with a focus on facilitating independence and choice for all
    • On rivers – with a focus working with BC / Yorkshire RDT to support the development of Canoe Trails
    • On land – with a focus on working with the CRT - especially on the Desmond Family Canoe Trail

    The first of these opened "Support development of a multi-activity event-base centred on Swinsty, Fewston and Thruscross gateway"

    Within 4 weeks we'd been invited back (which put us in an exclusive group) and on 15th September, Matt Bibbings of NYOLS helped me present the RDT's proposals in greater detail at "The Orange Box" in Halifax. This appeared to go down well, and the last we heard, YW was actively investigating ways of taking our proposals forward.

    Alongside all of this, the RDT's Washburn Committee has been involved in ongoing discussions with Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency over the release of water from Thruscross to Fewston, especially in relation to Water Framework Directive considerations. This builds on decades of close co-operation with Yorkshire Water to develop the premier dam released river in England - and on a long-standing agreement which gives us an egress point on Fewston.

    Beyond all of this, discussions are ongoing with Yorkshire Water in relation to assorted other sites, including one at Esholt and another at Langsett. Both involving further partners... and both look promising for canoeists. Come the new year, we'll be looking to meet with YW and make progress on many fronts.

    Long and short of it: plenty is happening in the background, and Yorkshire Water may soon be taking a leadership position (nationally) in terms of allowing access to canoeists... and whilst other reservoirs might take centre stage, Fewston might well feature significantly.

    Ps. This isn't the limit of such work in Yorkshire. We're working with Canal and River Trust on a network of Canoe Trails, including (but not limited to) the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, and on projects at sites including Linton and Howsham Mill. That's in addition to work with groups such as the Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership, The Don Network and the Sheffield side of the Peak Park Local Access Forum - and is all on top of local and RDT support for the Court Case successfully contested at Bradford Crown Court.

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    Hi GregandGinas, superb work you have done there. I must have spoken to an underling who knew nothing about all the good things to come. I look forward to the outcome for all the accesses in the New Year.
    Ps the uklakes link on all the reservoirs doesn't work any more, seems to be directed to an insurance company?
    Chestnut Bob

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    Thanks to Greg for the update above - and to others in the Yorkshire RDT too for the work they've put in with Yorkshire Water to develop plans to open up more of their water to paddlers.

    We've also been contributing to this from the Midlands, through our links with the Peak District Local Access Forum & the Peak District National Park. The access team at the park authority put in a great submission to Yorkshire Water to encourage opening up Yorkshire Water's land/water to many users, with paddlers a focus.

    As Greg & others above have mentioned, water companies can be highly risk averse, and it's quite a deep cultural change for them to be more positive to access on the water. But we will continue working with them and trying to open as much water to increased paddling as possible. Water companies were also very reluctant many decades ago to allow access on foot across their catchment areas even for rambling, for various fears. These have been broken down over time, and shown to be manageable - and now many of the country's favorite walking locations are in drinking water catchment areas.

    In general we know paddlers can find it very difficult to access open water such as lakes and reservoirs - so if anyone has any locations we can work with to develop access please let us know.

    Thanks

    Chris, W&E Manager, Central chris.page@britishcanoeing.org.uk

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