Damflask Reservoir

Damflask Reservoir is situated in the Loxley Valley, near the village of Low Bradfield.

Damflask Reservoir

Damflask Reservoir is great for walking, angling and water sports.

It sits just within the boundary of the Peak District National Park, giving it a beautiful countryside setting whilst still being easily accessible from the centre of Sheffield, just 5 miles to the east.

The 47 hectare area of open water is popular for angling and water sports, including three active rowing clubs and the Viking Sailing Club. The perimeter of the reservoir is also great for walking, especially since enhancements to the 31/4 mile circular route were completed. Improvements included the widening of access points to facilitate wheelchair entry, tactile paving and information boards, and an accessible ramp down to the waterside for fishing.

Low Bradfield is a charming village where a visit to the reservoir can be completed with a drink at a café or public house.


Walking Fishing  Sailing  

Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Damflask walk 3.5 miles 1 out of 4

No facilities available


Damflask is one of Yorkshire's largest premier fisheries and situated within the stunning Peak District National Park.

The reservoir can be fished for bream, chub, dace, perch, pike and roach and is open all year round. In recent years we have restocked the reservoir with over 100 bream, some weighing more than 4lbs each. At a match held at the reservoir in 2005, an individual record of 70lbs was set by one angler!

Go fishing

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Water sports

Damflask reservoir has 47 hectares of open water which makes it perfect for sailing and rowing.


Visitor information

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?

Agden Reservoir

Agden reservoir, completed in 1869, sits above Damflask Reservoir with Dale Dike and Strines Reservoirs to the south-west. The public footpath leading from Windy Bank and around the north of the reservoir, is mostly flat and well surfaced but can be muddy.

Dale Dike Reservoir

Dale Dike Reservoir is much loved by walkers offering a peaceful and tranquil 2-mile circular walk. This route is quite muddy and uneven so walking boots are recommended.

How to get there

By car

The reservoir can be found at S6 6SQ. There is no car park at the reservoir, however, roadside parking is possible.

By public transport

There is a bus stop where Oaks Lane meets New Road, which is where the walking route starts.

More things to do near Sheffield

Whether you fancy a gentle stroll around a reservoir, a challenging hike or an afternoon of fishing and sailing, there's plenty to do around Sheffield.

Muddy wellies

Can you swim in Damflask Reservoir?

No, you can't swim in Damflask 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 Damflask Reservoir?

Damflask Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Damflask 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 Damflask Reservoir?

No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Damflask 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 Damflask Reservoir?

No, Damflask 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.