Scammonden walk

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