To keep everyone happy and safe, please:
- follow government guidance
- don’t swim
- take your litter home
- stick to the path
- keep your dog on a lead
- clean up after your dog
- don’t light fires or BBQs.
Please note, there is no circular access around Blackmoorfoot due to a footbridge closure. We apologise for any inconvenience, we’re working hard to get the bridge re-opened. Why not visit one of our other local reservoirs?
There is no car park at Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, however some roadside parking is available on Reservoir Side Road (HD7 5JW) which runs along the eastern edge of Blackmoorfoot and along the access road on the south side (HD9 5RW). Please park with consideration for other road users.
Leave the city via Blackmoorfoot Road, heading south-west. After 2 ¾ miles, turn left onto Black Lane and then take the next right onto Reservoir Side Road.
By public transport
There is a bus stop at the junction between Blackmoorfoot Road and Black Lane, just a few hundred metres from the start of the walking route.
Frequently asked questions
Can you swim in Blackmoorfoot Reservoir?
No, you can't swim in Blackmoorfoot Reservoir. Reservoirs are really dangerous places and have lots of dangers hidden under the surface. We don't allow anyone to swim in our reservoirs, even if you’re a great swimmer!
Why can’t you swim in Blackmoorfoot Reservoir?
Blackmoorfoot Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Blackmoorfoot Reservoir supplies water to be treated, so there's machinery and strong currents under the water. There may also be blue-green algae, which causes rashes and severe illnesses.
Can dogs swim in Blackmoorfoot Reservoir?
No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Blackmoorfoot Reservoir and they shouldn’t drink the water. Blue-green algae can form on the surface, which is poisonous and can kill them. There’s also dangerous machinery and strong currents under the water.
Is wild swimming allowed in Blackmoorfoot Reservoir?
No, Blackmoorfoot Reservoir is dangerous. Reservoirs aren't the same as natural lakes, they’re man-made and have large machinery that’s working 24/7 just below the surface. They’re also very cold, have strong currents and might have blue-green algae which causes rashes and severe illness.