Winscar Reservoir

Enjoy impressive views of Winscar Reservoir while cycling along the bridleway.

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.

On your bike

Winscar reservoir was built in the 1850s with further works taking place in the 1970s to improve the capacity. The impressive reservoir can be observed from the bridleway (Route 68) which runs between the two free Yorkshire Water car parks on Windle Edge and Broad Hill (both are now open). The bridleway is a wide tarmac track and is flat for the entire duration.

Facilities

ParkingDisabled parking Picnic area

Activities

Cycling

Make a day of it

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

Ramsden Reservoir

Ramsden Reservoir sits just within the Peak District National Park boundary and shows off the rugged charm of the area.

Langsett Reservoir

Langsett Reservoir's walking routes weave through majestic woodlands, offer stunning vistas across the water and boast breathtaking views from a higher vantage point on Midhope Moors.

How to get there

By car

There are 2 car parks at Winscar Reservoir, one is just off Dunford Road and the other off Windleden Lane.


From Huddersfield

Follow the A616 south towards Holmfirth. After around 8 miles, turn left onto Dunford Road/A6024. Follow Dunford Road/A6024 though Holmfirth for around 2 miles where the entrance to the Dunford Road car park will be on your right.


Parking

There are only 40 parking spaces at Broad Hill car park and 14 parking spaces at Windleden Lane car park which fill up quickly most days.


By public transport

There is a bus stop in Dunford Bridge and along Dunford Road.