A circular walk around the pretty Scammonden Water in Kirklees. There are footpaths alongside the reservoir with nice views of the surrounding countryside, hills and woodland. You will often seen sailboats on the water as there is a sailing club located at the southern end. There is also a large free car park at the north eastern end of the water. The largely flat trail runs for a distance of just under 3 miles so it's ideal for an afternoon walk.
The Kirklees Way runs past the reservoir so you could pick this up to extend your walk. You could follow the trail to the nearby Deanhead Reservoir and then on to Slaithwaite Moor where you will find Cupwith Reservoir and splendid views over the surrounding moors.
Just to the north west you will find Ryburn Reservoir and Baitings Reservoir near Rishworth. This walk has nice views of the River Ryburn and some woodland sections near the reservoirs.
Just to the west you will find Booth Wood Reservoir where there's some nice footpaths to follow above the water.
PostcodeHD3 3FJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Scammonden Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Scammonden Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Scammonden Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Scammonden Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Booth Wood Inn is located about a mile north west of the reservoir in Rishworth. It's a very good pub which does excellent food and has a good selection of drinks. It's in a good spot in the rural village and has a few tables outside for warmer days. You can find it on Oldham Rd with a postcode of HX6 4QU for your sat navs.
The reservoir is a nice place for a dog walk and you will probably see other owners on your outing.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south west is the dramatic scenery around March Haigh Reservoir and the fine viewpoint at Buckstones Edge on Marsden Moor.
National Cycle Route 68 and the epic Pennine Cycleway passes along the reservoir. You can use this signed route to extend your outing.