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North Riding
Bridge at Head of Grassholme Reservoir - - 623681.jpg
Bridge at the head of Grassholme Reservoir
Grid reference: NY984207
Location: 54°34’55"N, 2°1’34"W
Local Government
Council: Durham

Grassholme is a village in the very north of the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is in Lunedale, in the stretch of that little dale which has been harnessed by the hand of man: Grassholme sits below the dam of the Selset Reservoir and above the Grassholme Reservoir.

The Pennine Way long-distance footpath, running north from Baldersdale to Teesdale crosses Lunedale on the bridge at Grassholme, and the same track is followed here by another long-distance route, A Pennine Journey.

The Grassholme Reservoir is the earlier of the two, built in the later nineteenth century, while the Selset Reservoir if of the 1950s.[1] The creation of the Victorian reservoir at Grassholme submerged amongst other things a stone packhorse bridge, which re-emerges from the depths when the water is very low.[1] The bridge of today carrying the lane across over the head of the reservoir is somewhat more recent.

To the north is Teesdale, the county's northern border. The nearest town is across that border; Middleton-in-Teesdale.

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