Ryburn easier walk

Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open during the national lockdown for people to exercise locally. We ask that you follow the latest guidance to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe. In the current lockdown this includes:

  • Please do not travel to one of our sites if it isn’t local (which the government has defined as the village, town, or part of a city where you live).
  • Please only visit to exercise with your household, your support bubble, or to meet one other person.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Please maintain social distancing throughout your visit.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you and do not light any BBQs or fires.
  • 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.

All of our toilet facilities are currently closed so please be mindful of this when visiting.

Please note, only the wide flat path between 1 and 8 in the downloadable walking guide is suitable for easy inclusive access. The rest of this walking guide follows steep and uneven paths. However, the views across the reservoir and of the woodlands are enjoyable nonetheless.


West of Ripponden


1 out of 4

Route Length

350 metres

Route Time

1 hour

Terrain & Gradient

Varied terrain - some established footpaths, but many unsurfaced sections through woods and fields over rough and uneven ground. There are some steps, stiles and narrow gates. Much of the walk can be boggy and muddy at wetter times of year. Includes a section of steep climbing (about 250m long). We recommend sturdy walking boots.

How To Get There

By car: You can use our free car park (HX6 4LD), which is near the reservoir dam wall and is the starting point of this walk (point 1). 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.

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.
For up to date travel information from any location, visit google maps to search directions.


Parking Disabled Parking Picnic Area

Useful Downloads:

Ryburn.pdf 0.8MB