Take break from the city
Although it's on the doorstep of Sheffield, Broomhead Reservoir is far enough off the beaten track to offer quiet solitude and immersion in nature.
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.
Make a day of it
While you're here, why not visit a nearby reservoir?
More Hall Reservoir
Less than 10 miles from Sheffield, More Hall Reservoir offers a peaceful secluded walk.
How to get there
There is no car park at Broomhead, however roadside parking is available at the entrance to the footpath (S36 4ZD). Please be mindful of “no parking” areas nearby. Alternative parking is available alongside the private road which runs along the neighbouring More Hall Reservoir.
Frequently asked questions
Can you swim in Broomhead Reservoir?
No, you can't swim in Broomhead 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 Broomhead Reservoir?
Broomhead Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Broomhead 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 Broomhead Reservoir?
No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Broomhead 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 Broomhead Reservoir?
No, Broomhead 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.