Widdop & Gorple walk

Walk the edges of Widdop, Upper Gorple and Lower Gorple.

The view across Widdop Reservoir

Discover natural beauty

This remote, bleak and exposed moorland walk is situated in an area of natural beauty with stunning scenery. Brushing the edges of 3 local reservoirs, Widdop, Upper Gorple and Lower Gorple, the route is within easy access of the Pennine Way.





North-West of Hebden Bridge.


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4 out of 4

Route length

4 miles

Walking time

2 hours

Terrain & gradient

The paths are mostly well-surfaced paths but there is a long, steep and rocky climb at the beginning followed by a rocky/grassy climb down the other side (point 2-5 on the walk guide). There are no steps or stiles on this walk, but the climb can be quite intense and exposed on a bad day.

How to get there

By car

Our free car park can be found on Widdop Rd, HX7 7AZ and doesn’t have a height barrier.

*Widdop Reservoir carpark is closed until approx November whilst we are working in the spillway. The footpath along the crest road will also be closed with a signed diversion in place.*

From Hebden Bridge

Take the A646 heading towards Burnley. After 0.7miles, keep an eye out for a turning area on your left to turn around and head back towards Hebden Bridge on the A646. After 0.3miles take Heptonstall Road, heading towards Heptonstall. After 2miles turn right onto Widdop road heading towards Widdop. Follow this road for 10 miles when the car park will appear on your right.

By public transport

Unfortunately there is no public transport currently available to Widdop 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.