Redmires Reservoirs

Redmires Reservoirs are a series of three reservoirs less than 10 miles away from the centre of Sheffield.

Pebbles in water

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 the landscape at Redmires Reservoirs

Despite their proximity to Sheffield, the reservoirs are situated in stunning open moorland. The surrounding landscape to the south is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated for the variety of birds, reptiles and mammals which the landscape supports. The path around the south of the reservoir can be muddy in places but there are various benches along the roadside for you to sit and marvel at the landscape.

To the North of the reservoir sits Wyming Brook, a Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust reserve offering an array of wildlife including dippers and crossbills. A wide surfaced bridleway runs through the reserve with numerous unsurfaced paths as well.

We ask you to keep your dogs under close control on all our sites with Redmires being an especially important area due to the Water Vole population on site.

Activities

Walking 

Walks

Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Redmires walk 2.5 miles 3 out of 4

No facilities available

Rivelin & Redmires walk 5 miles 3 out of 4

No facilities available

Make a day of it

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

Rivelin Reservoir

Less than 6 miles from the centre of Sheffield, Rivelin is a peaceful natural retreat from inner city life. The surrounding woodlands are managed by the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and play host to all kinds of wildlife.

How to get there

By car

There is a public car park (this is not owned or managed by Yorkshire Water), where the road bends at the north-western edge of the upper reservoir (S10 4QZ). There is also some roadside parking – please park carefully and with consideration for other road users.


From Sheffield

Head west out of Sheffield City Centre on the A57 and keep right after 1 mile where the A57 leaves Fulwood Road. Continue on the A57 (Manchester Road) for ¾ of a mile, then turn left onto Sandygate Road. After about a mile, Sandygate Road becomes Redmires Road; continue for just over 3 miles to your destination.


By public transport

There is a bus stop at Lodge Moor Terminus, which is just over 2 miles from the start of the reservoir walking route.

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.

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Muddy wellies

Can you swim in Redmires Reservoir?

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

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

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

No, Redmires 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.