Ramsden Reservoir

Ramsden Reservoir sits just within the Peak District National Park boundary and shows off the rugged charm of the area.

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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.

Discover stunning sights at Ramsden Reservoir 

Use our free car park to the east of the reservoir and enjoy the circular walk which take you over steep uneven ground (walking boots are essential!) and offers stunning views of the top of Holme Moss Valley. Those looking for a less challenging walk can follow the vehicle track up to Riding Wood and Yateholme reservoirs, where there is no public access, but the reservoirs can be seen from the track.


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Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Ramsden walk 1.5 miles 3 out of 4

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Make a day of it

While you're here, why not visit a nearby reservoir?

Digley Reservoir

Digley offers a varied walk alongside woods, through fields and the edge of the moor, with plenty of lovely scenery along the way.

How to get there

By car

Car parking is available at our free car park on Brownhill Lane, HD9 2QW.

From Holmfirth

Head south-west on Huddersfield Road/A6024. After 1.8 miles, you will pass through Holmbridge and just after the bridge crossing the River Holme, turn left onto Bank Lane which bears sharply right after 250 feet. Bank Lane becomes Bronwnhill Lane and after 0.8 miles, you will find Ramsden Car Park on your left.



There are only 10 parking spaces at this car park, and they fill up quickly most days.

By public transport

The closest bus stop is in Holmbridge which is 1 mile from the start of the walk.

Can you swim in Ramsden Reservoir?

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

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

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

No, Ramsden 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.