Scammonden walk

Adjacent to the M62, this walk teeters around the edges of Scammonden Reservoir, taking in woodland and rough pastures.

View across Scammonden Reservoir

We're carrying out essential work that may affect your visit

We're carrying out resurfacing and drainage improvements around Yorkshire Water’s permissive footpath at Scammonden, to enhance visitor safety and accessibility. We expect this to be finished by June 2021.

Your walk will be affected and we'll need to close sections of the route at times for safety. Please take extra care when visiting Scammonden as the footpath surface will vary while we're doing the work.

We ask that you comply with all site signage and keep dogs on a lead.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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.

Go for a wander around Scammonden

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.

Facilities

ParkingDisabled parking Picnic area

Useful Downloads

Scammonden walking guide

Details 


Location

West of Sheffield just off the M62 motorway.


Difficulty

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2 out of 4


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. There are no stiles on this route.

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.


Parking

There are only 91 parking spaces at Scammonden Low Platt Lane/Wood Edge car park, 14 parking spaces at New Lane car park and 18 parking spaces at Sledge Gate car park which fill up quickly most days.


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.

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

Blackmoorfoot walk

3.5 miles 1 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Rishworth Moor walk

6 miles 4 out of 4

Parking

Ryburn walk

2.5 miles 3 out of 4

Parking Disabled parking