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

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.


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Scammonden walking guide



West of Sheffield just off the M62 motorway.


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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.


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.

Visitor information

To keep everyone happy and safe, please:

  • follow government guidance
  • don’t swim
  • take your litter home
  • stick to the path
  • keep your dog on a lead
  • clean up after your dog
  • don’t light fires or BBQs.

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

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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


Ryburn walk

2.5 miles 3 out of 4

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