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Catchment Management

Pathway improvements at Blackmoorfoort reservoir

The scenic walking path that runs alongside Blackmoorfoot reservoir, south-west of Huddersfield, has just been improved.

It encompasses woodland and tranquil water edges and is a haven for wildlife and migrating birds, offering lovely views across the waterside and surrounding landscape.

Blackmoorfoot reservoir is a very popular recreation destination for visitors who head there to watch birds, enjoy the beautiful scenery and take a gentle stroll. It’s situated between Meltham and Slaithwaite with car parking available on the roadside of Reservoir Road.

The permissive path runs for approximately 1 mile around two sides of Blackmoorfoot reservoir and is fairly flat, with short gradients at the sloping entrance points to the south west and north east of the reservoir. There’s also an option to complete a circular route around the reservoir using public highways.

We have recently carried out some general maintenance of the paths. Much of the walking route has been resurfaced with fine aggregate topping to make a smoother, flatter and better running surface. The vegetation has been cut back and scraped from the path edges to regain the full width of the path and drainage improvements have been made to ensure water drains away effectively and does not settle on the path after heavy rain.

Alastair Harvey, Recreation Advisor at Yorkshire Water said; “We hope that these latest upgrades will improve the experience visitors and families have when they visit Blackmoorfoot. The paths are in great shape ready for the warmer weather when visitor numbers tend to increase dramatically.”

He added, “Everyone is welcome to enjoy walking on our land, including dog owners. We just ask everyone to act responsibly and with consideration to other users. We ask dog owners to pick up and take home any fouling by their dog and also keep them on short leads at all times, but particularly during lambing and bird nesting times which are sensitive times of the year.”

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