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.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions
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.