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Wheelchair friendly kissing gate installed at Ardsley reservoir

Yorkshire Water has just completed a project at Ardsley Reservoir near Wakefield to improve access for disabled visitors and families who head there to enjoy a gentle stroll around the reservoir.

As well as being a very popular leisure destination for families and dog walkers Ardsley reservoir plays another very important role in Wakefield.

Water transported from Baitings and Booth Wood Reservoirs in Ripponden and from Winscar and Broadstone reservoirs in Barnsley is stored at Ardsley. It is then transferred to Kirkhamgate Water Treatment Works to supply residents of Wakefield and the Coca-Cola plant.

The route around the perimeter of Ardsley reservoir is approximately 1.5 miles, fairly flat and offers good views across the waterside and surrounding landscape. There is a free car park on Haigh Moor Road in Tingley.

We have recently carried out some general maintenance of the paths. The walking route has been resurfaced and the vegetation has been cut and pushed back from the path edges to widen them.

We're also pleased to announce that a wheelchair friendly kissing-gate has been installed to allow wheelchair and pushchair access to the Ardsley path in readiness for the summer holidays. The new gate which is next to the main access gate to the site is a traditional type kissing gate, unless you have an NKS Radar key. This will open a lock built into the gate itself and when the lock is open the gate opens fully and permits wheelchairs and other mobility vehicles through. The Radar National Key scheme (NKS) offers disabled people independent access to places such as locked public toilets as well as this type of gate.

Alastair Harvey, Recreation Advisor at Yorkshire Water said; ‘We hope that these latest upgrades will improve the experience disabled visitors and families have when they visit Ardsley. Unfortunately now we’ve had some warmer weather the issue of dog mess left on the Ardsley paths has again been raised. A minority of irresponsible dog walkers have not been picking up the fouling by their dogs which spoils the experience for other visitors when they have to dodge the mess. This is a particular problem for wheelchair users as the mess gets onto the wheels and can be transferred onto hands potentially posing a health hazard for this group of visitors.”

Alastair politely asks; “If you exercise your dog on our land please keep it on a lead and respect those that make a living from the land over which you walk and follow the Country Code at all times. Please dispose of the poo bags correctly in the bin located next to car park on Haigh Moor Road or by taking it home to dispose of in your own household bins.”

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