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Wheelchair friendly kissing gates installed at Gorple reservoir

Yorkshire Water has installed two wheel-chair and mobility scooter friendly kissing gates at Gorple reservoir to improve access to this remote moorland site.

Gorple reservoir, near Hebden Bridge, has been rated as one of the most popular reservoirs in Yorkshire, in particular with dog walkers.

However, the new gates now allow full access for disabled users as well to enjoy the peaceful and scenic surroundings. 

The kissing gate require a radar key to operate.

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 Gorple reservoir. We are very keen to play our part in opening up access to the countryside for all and the kissing gates enable us to do this but at the same time allow us to keep the site stockproof and prevent livestock from getting out through the gates.”

The tracks leading to the Gorple reservoirs stretch for approximately three-miles and provide spectacular views across some dramatic moorland scenery typical of the Yorkshire Pennines. Please go prepared when visiting such locations however, as the weather can come in very quickly in these more remote environments. Take plenty of clothing layers to wrap up during the more colder months and tell people where you’re visiting and how long you think you may be there.

Across the region, Yorkshire Water owns 115 reservoirs and it is estimated that around one million people visit its reservoirs, woodlands, and moorland each year. These locations have become increasingly popular to visit ever since they first opened up to the public after privatisation of the water sector in 1989.


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