Eccup Reservoir

On the outskirts of Leeds, Eccup reservoir has a circular walk is ideal for families with plenty to see along the way.

Child on adult's shoulders

Enjoy a lovely walk around Eccup Reservoir 

The route passes through woodlands and the quaint village of Eccup, over a dam and alongside a local golf course. The reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is nationally important for birds which is why it is especially important to stick to the paths and view nature from afar. You may also see the unmistakable red kite, recently saved from extinction in the UK.




Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Eccup walk 4.5 miles 3 out of 4

No facilities available

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.

How to get there

By car

On-street parking is available on Alwoodley Lane, LS17 7PF. Please park considerably and don’t impede any access. As Eccup is an urban site, directions to the start of the walk can be complicated.

By public transport

There is a bus stop on Alwoodley Lane which is 600m/0.4 miles from the start of this walk.

More things to do near Leeds

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

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Can you swim in Eccup Reservoir?

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

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

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

No, Eccup 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.