Scammonden walk

Please note: New Lane, Wood Edge and Crult Moor will remain closed for the time being.

Since the government guidelines have changed, we’ve been working hard to devise a plan to keep everyone safe while enjoying our beautiful reservoirs. We’ve reopened the car parks at this reservoir so visitors can walk around them as long as social distancing rules are observed.

To help direct visitors, we’ve installed some new signs that are there for everyone to follow so please take a moment to read them.

  • Please maintain social distancing when walking around the reservoir
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • Some of our paths may be closed off. This is because our key workers need to access them and they will be clearly signposted that they are closed.
  • 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.

All of our toilet facilities are still closed at these reservoirs so please be mindful of this when visiting.

To help keep everyone safe, our car park at this reservoir is closed and we're asking everyone not to visit for a little while - hopefully it won't be for too long. We'll update here when it's back open. For more information please visit our reservoirs page.

Adjacent to the M62, this walk teeters around the edges of Scammonden Reservoir, taking in woodland and rough pastures. For those looking for a quieter but more adventurous walk, head up to Deanhead Reservoir from where there are spectacular views back down the valley. The route runs mainly on well surfaced paths and there are some steep gradients. It can also be wet and muddy so be prepared. This walk is 3 miles long.


West of Sheffield just off the M62 motorway

Route Length

3 Miles

Walking Time

2 Hours

Terrain & Gradient

Mostly level, wide and well surfaced paths with a steep zig-zag path at the beginning and a steep detour around the sailing club. No stiles and the steps are optional as a detour path is available.

How To Get There

By car: There are 3 car parks around the reservoir. Wood Edge car park on Low Platt Lane has a height barrier (1.8m) and is locked at 6.00pm. Crull Moor car park, on the Deanhead village side of the reservoir, is only open between 1st April and 30th September 9.00am to 6.00pm.

From Bradford on the M62, exit at junction 24 and take the first exit at the roundabout for Lindley Moor Rd/A643. At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto New Hey Rd/A640. After 3 miles, turn right onto O’Cot Lane. After almost half a mile, turn right onto Low Platt Lane. The car park is 200metres up the road on your left.

By public transport: There is a bus stop on Saddleworth Rd/Church Lane which 0.8 miles from the Western side of the reservoir.


Parking Disabled Parking Picnic Area