The Thoresby Society - Past Outings

491st Excursion
Saturday June 23rd 2012
A visit to the Washburn Heritage Centre

Time: 10.30am at the reservoir car park for a 20 minute stroll by the reservoir to the centre (well signed)
or 11am at the Heritage centre, Fewston Church HG3 1SU
(limited parking space)
Guide: Volunteers from the centre will show us round and answer questions

Reservoirs were created in the Washburn Valley to provide water for Leeds, these being Linley Wood 1869-76, Swinsty 1871-8 and Fewston 1879 with Thruscross added in the 1960s. New Hall, the home of the Fairfax family lies under Swinsty. The reservoirs have resulted in an interesting wildlife habitat. The centre is in a modern building attached to the 17th century church at Fewston where there is a permanent exhibition reflecting the history of the area. We shall have lunch in the tea rooms before we are shown round.

Afterwards, weather permitting, those who would like to can enjoy walking the trails round the reservoirs

(If you are willing to offer a lift to those without transport please indicate on the booking form)

washburn heritage centre

washburn heritage centre