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

Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open for people to exercise outdoors. We ask that you follow the latest guidance on group sizes and social distancing to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Do not light any BBQs or fires and call 999 to report any uncontrolled fires that may be at risk of spreading.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you.
  • Please follow any instructions on signage around the site.
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues and can block important access for operational vehicles or the emergency services.

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.

Activities

Walking

Walks

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

No facilities available

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.

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Muddy wellies

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.