Rishworth Moor walk

This circular walk starting at Ryburn reservoir takes in the high Pennine Moors above the Ryburn Valley giving wide views across and exposure to the weather.

Pebbles in water

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.

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Rishworth Moor walking guide



7 miles South-West of Halifax.


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Route length

6 miles

Walking time

3.5 hours

Terrain & gradient

The route is almost entirely on unsurfaced paths with stiles, steps and steep ascents in places. Suitable footwear and clothing is recommended as the moorland can be harsh and changeable.

How to get there

By car

Car parking is available at our free car park on Swift Place, Ripponden HX6 4LE.

From the M62

Exit at Junction 22 and take the A672 heading towards Halifax, Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge. After 5 and a half miles, turn sharp left in Ripponden onto Rochdale Road, A58. Follow this road for 0.2 miles where the entrance to Swift Place will be on your left.

By public transport

The closest bus stop is on Rochdale Road, a 0.2 mile walk from the beginning of this route.

Make a day of it

While you're here, why not try another walk?

Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities

Baitings short walk

1.4 miles 2 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Baitings long walk

2 miles 3 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Ryburn walk

2.5 miles 3 out of 4

Parking Disabled parking