Digley Reservoir

Situated just within the Peak District National Park boundary, Digley Reservoir sits just below the petite Bilberry Reservoir.


Discover lovely scenery at Digley Reservoir 

The circular path is muddy and uneven, so we recommend bringing walking boots. The town of Holmfirth is around 3 miles away from the reservoir and offers a selection of pubs, cafes and shops. Those driving can utilise one of the 2 car parks situated to the north and south of the reservoir.


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Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Digley walk 1.5 miles 2 out of 4


Digley, bilberry and beyond walk 5.5 miles 3 out of 4


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?

Ramsden Reservoir

Sitting just within the Peak District National Park boundary, this reservoir offers the usual rugged charm of the Peak District.

How to get there

By car

You'll find free parking at our Digley Quarry Car Park (nearest postcode HD9 2QD). Alternative free parking is available at Digley South Car Park (nearest postcode HD9 2RX), to the southern end of the embankment.


There are only 39 parking spaces across the two car parks, and they fill up quickly most days.

From Holmfirth

Follow the A6024 (Woodhead road) south-west towards Holmbridge. After 1 ½ miles, turn right onto Field End Lane which then becomes Bank Top Lane. After just over half a mile, Bank Top Lane becomes Digley Royd Lane where Fieldhead Lane meets from the left. At this T-junction, Either continue on Digley Royd Lane until you will soon reach Digley Quarry Car Park on your left, or turn left onto Fieldhead Lane towards Digley South Car Park (which is on the right after the embankment).

By public transport

Buses are available to Holmclose; which is a mile east of the reservoir, or to Holme, about a mile to the south.

Can you swim in Digley Reservoir?

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

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

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

No, Digley 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.