Enjoy an easy circular walk around this delightful reservoir near Holmfirth in the Yorkshire Dales. There are lovely views of the surrounding moorland, woodland and countryside to enjoy as you make your way around the water.
The walk starts at the good sized car park at the North Eastern end of the reservoir off Gibriding Lane. You then pick up a good footpath running along the northern end of the reservoir on the Kirklees Way. You pass Bilberry reservoir and head through Digley Wood on the southern side of the water, before returning to the car park using Fieldhead Lane.
The reservoir is located about 2 miles from Holmfirth so you could start the walk from the town and follow the Holme Valley Circular Walk to the reservoir as an alternative to parking at the car park. This takes you through an area associated with the sitcom Last of the Summer Wine which was filmed in Holmfirth and the surrounding area. You could also enjoy a stroll along the Digley Brook and River Holme at the eastern end of the reservoir or follow the Kirklees Way to the nearby Brownhill Reservoir and Ramsden Reservoir.
Digley Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Digley Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Digley Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Digley Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Pickled Pheasant is conveniently located for some post walk refreshments. Head about half a mile east of the water and you will come to Holmbridge where you will find this interesting gastro pub. There's a large car park, a beer garden and a restaurant to try. The interior is very appealing with many original features including beautiful oak beams, stone flagged floors and two open fireplaces. They also provide good quality accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the inn at Woodhead Rd, Holmbridge with a postcode of HD9 2NQ for your sat navs.
Just to the west of the water is the little village of Holme. Here you'll find The Fleece Inn which is a great old Yorkshire pub. There's a cosy open fire and great home cooked food here. You can find it at postcode HD9 2QG.
Just to the south of the water is the little village of Holme. Here you'll find The Fleece Inn which is a great old Yorkshire pub. There's a cosy open fire and great home cooked food here. You can find it at postcode HD9 2QG.
The reservoir is a nice place for a dog walk with the Pickled Pheasant and Fleece Inn mentioned above both dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Meltham Walk visits Butterley Reservoir, Wessenden Reservoir and Deer Hill Reservoir from the nearby settlement. In the town you can also visit Meltham Mills Reservoir and the lovely Folly Dolly Falls which are something of a local hidden gem. Just to the north there's Blackmoorfoot Reservoir which is a good place for spotting wildfowl.
Just a few miles to the east you'll find Holme Styes Reservoir where there are some peaceful woodland and waterside trails.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.