Shaping the Valley

The Landscape of the Washburn Valley

Map Wasburn V

The Washburn Valley is around 14 miles in length from Greenhow in the north to Leathley in the south where the Washburn joins the River Wharfe near Pool.

There are no towns or large villages in the Washburn Valley but its landscape includes a great variety of scenery and four major reservoirs that contribute significantly to Yorkshire's water supply system.

There is only one major trunk road, the A59 that links Harrogate in the east to Skipton in the west and which provides an important but troublesome link between Yorkshire and Lancashire.


This website is a personal response to a series of projects and events at the Washburn Heritage Centre in recent years during which the landscape has been studied together with other aspects such as social and industrial history.