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Catchment Management

Wombwell residents encouraged to get outdoors and smell the fresh air this summer

With the summer holidays now in full swing and families looking for things to fill their days, we are encouraging residents in Wombwell to get out and smell the fresh air at our nearby Underbank reservoir near Stocksbridge.

In a bid to help more members of the local community enjoy Underbank Reservoir a brand new path suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users has recently been completed.

We have 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 our land where possible, the improvements mean more people can use the path. 

Alastair Harvey, recreation advisor said: “We want to encourage people in the Wombwell area to make the most of what’s on their doorstep. We know there’s nothing better than getting out into the countryside and smelling the scents of summer.

“We’ve 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’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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