Scammonden Reservoir

Don’t be put off by how close this reservoir is to the M62 reservoir, it's a haven of peace and tranquility.

Ripples in water

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

We're carrying out resurfacing and drainage improvements around Yorkshire Water’s permissive footpath at Scammonden, to enhance visitor safety and accessibility. We expect this to be finished by June 2021.

Your walk will be affected and we'll need to close sections of the route at times for safety. Please take extra care when visiting scammonden as the footpath surface will vary while we are doing the work.

We ask that you comply with all site signage and keep dogs on a lead.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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 tranquility of Scammonden Reservoir

Don’t be put off by how close this reservoir is to the M62 reservoir, it is a still a haven of peace and tranquility. Start the walk round the reservoir at any of our 3 free car parks (please note closing times detailed on site prior to setting off on your walk). The path follows some steep slopes but has no stiles.

Enjoy wonderful views from the picnic area and rest stops around the reservoir, observing the sailing club bobbing around. If you don’t fancy a picnic, continue into Ripponden (8 miles) or Sowerby Bridge (11 miles) for cafes and restaurants.

Those feeling more adventurous may choose to walk up to Deanhead Reservoir. The walk uphill is hugely rewarding as panoramic views can be observed from the Dam wall.

During construction of Scammonden Reservoir, the village of Deanhead was submerged and many buildings were demolished to make way for the essential Scammonden Reservoir. Scammonden now holds a massive 7.8 billion litres of water, that’s enough to last one person 78 million days.

Facilities

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Activities

Walking 

Walks

Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Scammonden walk 3 miles 2 out of 4

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Make a day of it

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

Baitings Reservoir

Visit Baitings Reservoir for a wonderful ramble through woodlands and across two dam walls with panoramic views.

Ryburn Reservoir

Visit Ryburn Reservoir for a walk which follows the water’s edge and rambles through stunning woodlands - a wonderful day out!

How to get there

By car

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.


Parking

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.