Royd Moor Reservoir

Royd Moor is the smallest of the three reservoirs just to the North of Penistone.

Royd Moor Reservoir

We're carrying out essential work that may affect your visit

From Monday 20th September until Friday 5thNovember 2021 we’ll be carrying out vegetation clearance around the reservoir.

From Monday 11th October we’ll be working at the Newt and Residium Ponds and for safety reasons we’ll need to close sections of the footpath at these areas, we expect this to be for around 3 weeks.

We’ll only close one section at a time and the closures will be well signposted at the site.  The reservoir will still be open to walkers, but no circular walking route will be available during this part of the work.

We kindly ask that people take extra care walking and riding around the reservoir during our work, warning signs will be in place.  Please consider nearby Ingbirchworth or Scout Dike reservoirs for alternative walking routes.

We kindly ask that people take extra care walking and riding around the reservoir during our work, warning signs will be in place. Please consider nearby Ingbirchworth or Scout Dike reservoirs a visit instead!

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 amazing nature at Royd Moor Reservoir 

The land around the reservoir is planted with mature native oak trees and lots of wildflowers, making it a nature lover’s retreat all year round. The walk around the reservoir is only 1½ miles long and features a mixture of wide surface tracks and smaller paths which are muddy and riddled with tree roots. If you’re coming to Royd Moor, why not make a day of it and visit Scout Dike and Ingbirchworth too.




Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Royd Moor walk 1.5 miles 2 out of 4


Make a day of it

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

Scout Dike Reservoir

Scout Dike is a charming reservoir with a medium length walk around the perimeter, which is mostly well surfaced.

Ingbirchworth Reservoir

West of Barnsley is Ingbirchworth reservoir, a small body of water with a lot of character.

How to get there

By car

There is on-street parking located on Royd Moor Road, (S36 7RD).

From Penistone

Take the A628 heading West. After 0.7miles, take a sharp right heading into Thurlstone. Head uphill along Towngate and after 0.1miles, bear left onto Royd Moor Road. After 0.8miles, you’ll see a small car park on your right.

By public transport

Unfortunately, there are no public transport links for Royd Moor Reservoir.

Can you swim in Royd Moor Reservoir?

No, you can't swim in Royd Moor 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 Agden Reservoir?

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

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

No, Royd Moor 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.