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Yorkshire Dales Fly Fishing

Leighton Reservoir

Leighton Reservoir is situated between the Yorkshire Dales and Moors National Parks; it is part of Swinton Estate near to the village of Masham North Yorkshire. It is surrounded by moorland and enjoys fabulous views.

The reservoir is 105acres with 90 acre fishable by Bank anglers, it is 90ft deep when full but the level can vary through the year due to rainfall.

In common with most upland waters the reservoir carries a permanent peat stain and has its own fly life.

See map of reservoir and direction

The reservoir is just 3 miles from Swinton trout farm and is stocked with Rainbow Trout from 1.5lbs to 20lbs. It has a reputation for large fish; stocks are kept at a high level for a reservoir of its size and anglers seldom go home disappointed.

Getting there

Only 15 minutes from A1 Junction 51, follow Beadale road then to Masham. Before entering Masham bear right then take the left hand sign for Leighton. Continue on and Leighton car park is on the left. The car park by the dam wall is for blue badgeholders only.