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New accessible path complete at Underbank Reservoir

A new path suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs has recently been completed at Underbank Reservoir, near Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire. 

We've invested £35,000 in making improvements to the path, which is popular with walkers. Delivered as part of a programme of maintaining and improving access to its land where possible, the improvements mean more people can use the path. 

Alastair Harvey, recreation advisor, said: “We have made improvements to this popular spot by widening the path where we can and creating a proper path to replace an existing informal route. 

“We did have to make some compromises as Underbank Reservoir is very close to the road, which meant it wasn’t possible to create a path all of the way around. 

“We’ve been able to create a route which runs about half way along the northern side of the reservoir. It is possible to walk a circular route by using the existing footpath to the south of the reservoir along with the roadside pavement and road network around the reservoir.

“We have also installed an innovative new kissing gate which permits access for both pedestrians and wheelchair users. The gate has an integrated radar lock, the national key scheme which permits independent access to accessible toilets, and means the gate can be opened fully to permit access by wheelchair and mobility scooter users alike.”  

The work took around four weeks to complete and included using natural stone to create a new path where people used to just pick their way through the woods.

We work closely with Experience Community on making our footpaths more accessible to wheelchair users. See videos of the accessible routes on the charity’s website

Millions of visitors take advantage of access to our land each year. Many reservoirs have paths for walkers, some have specific biking routes and others, such Scammonden Water, Winscar and Grimwith, are home to water sports clubs located at these sites. 

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