Withens Clough Reservoir

Take in moorland views at Withens Clough Reservoir.

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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.

Take in moorland views at Withens Clough Reservoir

6 miles south of Hebden Bridge is Withens Clough reservoir sitting beneath the domineering Stoodley Pike monument. Park at our free car park (on Withens New Road, HX7 5TD) for a level walk along some surfaced and some unsurfaced paths. There are no steps or stiles but the walk from the car park to the start of the walk is a mildly steep road. The walk itself is well rewarded with views of open moorland and the wonderful Stoodley Pike monument. Be sure to bring warm clothes as the area is open to the elements!






Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Withens Clough walk 1.5 miles 2 out of 4


Withens Clough & Stoodley Pike walk 4.5 miles 4 out of 4


How to get there

By car

You can use our free car park, which is on Rudd Lane (HX7 5TD), 300 metres before the reservoir embankment on the left. Please note, there is a 1.8 metre height barrier.

From Mytholmroyd

Take the B6138 (Cragg Road) which follows Cragg Brook heading south towards Cragg Vale. After 2 miles, when you reach Cragg Vale, turn right onto Church Bank Lane which becomes Rudd Lane. In about ¼ mile, turn right to stay on Rudd Lane for another mile, until you arrive at Withens Clough car park on the left.

By public transport

Unfortunately there is no public transport currently available to Withens Clough Reservoir.

Can you swim in Withens Clough Reservoir?

No, you can't swim in Withens Clough 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 Withens Clough Reservoir?

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

No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Withens Clough 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 Withens Clough Reservoir?

No, Withens Clough 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.