More Hall reservoir improved with wheelchair friendly pathwaysLand & recreation Community
Yorkshire Water has improved approximately 1.5km of its footpath on the southern side of More Hall reservoir near Stocksbridge, Sheffield as part of plans to improve access for all visitors to some of the Company’s beauty spots.
Works have included widening and surfacing the path with aggregate to create a smooth-running surface suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users, as well as drainage improvements.
Help has also come from Sheffield City Council who granted permission for Yorkshire Water to use some of its land to create a section of the new pathway where the terrain meant it was difficult to improve and surface the path wholly on Yorkshire Water’s land.
Alastair Harvey, recreation advisor at Yorkshire Water, said: “The path, prior to the works, was very narrow in places and ran through natural woodland which became very muddy and slippery during wet periods and winter months. Now the improvement works have been completed there is a circular route around the reservoir, suitable for all visitors, which uses a combination of road and path.”
Across the region, Yorkshire Water has made pathway improvements at over 10 of its reservoirs within the last three years to help make them accessible for all.
It’s efforts to open up access to the countryside have been recognised by disability charity Open Country who recently awarded the company their ‘Good Access Scheme’ award for its action on the issue.
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.