Scammonden walk

Essential work is being carried out that may affect your visit

From January 2021, important maintenance work will be happening at Scammonden Reservoir. The work will take around 6 weeks to complete, but don't worry, you'll still be able to visit.

During this work, the path will be kept open for most of the time, but there may be some short waits while the working area is cleared to let you pass safely.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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

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.

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