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.
Visit Baitings Reservoir for a wonderful ramble through woodlands and across two dam walls with panoramic views.
Visit Ryburn Reservoir for a walk which follows the water’s edge and rambles through stunning woodlands - a wonderful day out!
You can use our free car park (HX6 4LD), which is near the reservoir dam wall. To get to here, turn off the A58 just over a mile south west of Ripponden, onto Swift Lane. After about 300m you will reach the bottom of the lane, where the car park is on your left.
There are only 91 parking spaces at Scammonden Low Platt Lane/Wood Edge car park, 14 parking spaces at New Lane car park and 18 parking spaces at Sledge Gate car park which fill up quickly most days.
By public transport
Rochdale Road Swift Place bus stop is just at the top of Swift Lane, which leads down to the starting point of this walk. Rochdale road Nursery Lane bus stop is on the opposite side of the road if you are travelling in the other direction. Please take care as you walk down Swift lane, as it is not pavemented.
Frequently asked questions
Can you swim in Scammonden Reservoir?
No, you can't swim in Scammonden 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 Scammonden Reservoir?
Scammonden Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Scammonden 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 Scammonden Reservoir?
No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Scammonden 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 Scammonden Reservoir?
No, Scammonden 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.