The large turreted bridge which crosses the River Wharfe north of Strid Wood is the aqueduct. The splendid castellations hide the pipe that carries water from the reservoirs at the top of Nidderdale to the cities of West Yorkshire.
The bridge provides the perfect place to cross the river if you wish to shorten the Strid Wood to Barden Bridge circular route.
The aqueduct provides the perfect point to cross the river Wharfe whilst enjoying the nature trails through Strid Wood.
Upper and lower Barden Reservoirs also provide drinking water. The water from the reservoirs is piped down the west side of the valley to the pumping station below Bolton Bridge. From here the water is pumped up the hill to Chelker Reservoir where it is held until needed.