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The hidden beach which claims to be England's highest is only a ONE HOUR drive from Leeds

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With warm weather predicted for the rest of the week, the urge to get out in the fresh air is higher than ever.

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Gaddings Dam. PIC: Johnny Clarke

Gaddings Dam. PIC: Johnny Clarke

But a lot of people in Leeds may not have thought about travelling to a beach in LESS than an hour.

With many residents opting for east coast haunts such as Scarborough for years, the main road there, the A64, can become very congested.

So why not try turning the other way and heading to a little gem of a beach that not many people know exist?

Gaddings Dam, which is located right in the heart of the Pennines, is situated above Todmorden.

The walk up to Gaddings Dam. PIC: Johnny Clarke

The walk up to Gaddings Dam. PIC: Johnny Clarke

There's is also sand and plenty of lovely walks in the area to fill up a day.

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From Leeds city centre, the quickest way to Gaddings Dam is down the M62 towards Todmorden. It is 80 feet above sea level and 60 miles inland at Lumbutts village.


It is worth noting there is no road access to Gaddings Dam. The site can only be reached by a steep hike on a rough footpath to the top of the moors.


OL14 6JJ is the closest postcode.

Gaddings Dam

Gaddings Dam

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