GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ponden Reservoir

2 miles (4 km)

Visit Ponden Reservoir and Ponden Hall on this lovely walk in Bronte country. The hall is said to be the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange, the home of the Linton family in Wuthering Heights. You can follow footpaths from the nearby village of Stanbury to the reservoir. You can follow the Pennine Way along the southern side of the water before heading along a nice country lane on the northern side. It's a lovely spot with the reservoir surrounding by attractive moorland scenery and the Pennine Hills.
To extend your walk you could head south and visit the Bronte Waterfall and Top Withens. The ruined farmhouse is said to have been the inspiration forWuthering Heights.
You could also pick up the Bronte Way and follow it west towards Watersheddles Reservoir and Dove Stones Moor.
Heading east will take you into Haworth via Lower Laithe Reservoir in Penistone Hill Country Park.


BD22 0HR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ponden Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ponden Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the east of the reservoir you'll find Ponden Millwhich has a nice cafe set in a historic Georgian CottonMill. The riverside mill is in a great location and has a good selection of cakes to try. You can find it on Ponden Lane at postcode BD22 0HP for your sat navs.


Ponden Reservoir - - 1088764

The northern branch of this V-shaped reservoir.

Access road, Ponden Reservoir - - 1430067

Car parked on the access road, Ponden Reservoir

Ponden Dam and Reservoir - - 1256496

View across the dam

Valley below Ponden Reservoir - - 550875

Valley below Ponden Reservoir. This small channel is the River Worth, as it leaves the reservoir. It is the boundary between Oakworth on the left (north) and Stanbury on the right.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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