GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Peak District Reservoir Walks

There's several beautiful reservoirs in the Peak District, many of which have lovely waterside walking trails.

Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.

You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Peak District Reservoir Walk Map

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Butterley Reservoir5 miles (8 km)This walk uses part of the Kirklees Way to visit three pretty reservoirs on the splendid Marsden Moor Estate in the Peak District.
The walk starts from the large village of Marsden near Huddersfield. It sits at theconfluence of the River Colne and the Wessenden Brook and has an interesting milling history as a major centre for the production of cloth. You can easily pick up the Kirklees Way at Marsden train station and follow it south to Butterley Reservoir. The trail continues to Blakeley Reservoir and Wessenden Reservoir with lovely views over the Wessenden Valley. You can extend the walk by continuing along the Pennine Way to the nearby Digley Reservoir. If you head west you will soon come to Swellands Reservoir and Black Moss Reservoir.
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal also runs through Marsden so you can pick this up and head towards Huddersfield or Greater Manchester. View Full Details>>
Chew Reservoir6 miles (9.5 km)Visit this pretty reservoir in the Peak District and enjoy great views over Saddleworth Moor on this walk near Mossley.
You can start your walk from the Dovestone Reservoir car park and follow the Oldham Way over the Chew Hills to reach the reservoir. It's about a 3 mile walk to the reservoir, passing along Dovestone Reservoir and its adjacent woodland before the climb to Chew Reservoir. It's quite a big climb with the reservoir located in an elevated position some 1,600 feet (488m) above sea level. From the high points there are fine views over the surrounding moorland and hills. The paths are generally good with part of the walk following the surfaced Chew Road. When you reach the reservoir you can follow a footpath along the southern side of the water.
To extend your walk you could continue towards Laddow Moss where you can pick up the Pennine Way and follow it to the nearby Torside Reservoir. View Full Details>>
Combs Reservoir2 miles (4 km)This circular walk takes you around Combs Reservoir near Chapel-en-le-Frith on the edge of the Peak District National Park. You can park on the western side of the reservoir and then follow the shoreline footpath towards the village of Combs. In the village you will find the Beehive pub which is a nice place to stop for refreshments. From Combs you follow more public footpaths through the countryside on the eastern side of the water before country lanes take you back to the car park.
The walk can also be started from Chapel en le Frith railway station. You would follow public footpaths west through the countryside via Marshegreen farm. It's about a mile from the station to the reservoir.
If you enjoy this walk then there are others you can try nearby. You could head north about a mile and climb Eccles Pike for splendid views over the Peak District. The Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs Walk is just to the west where you can also explore the Errwood Estate with its old ruined hall and peaceful woodland with azaleasandrhododendrons. View Full Details>>
Dale Dike Reservoir4 miles (6 km)This pretty reservoir near Sheffield has waterside paths to follow around the perimeter. There is also the opportunity to climb into the woodlands and countryside around the reservoir.
The circuit runs for about 4 miles through Bradfield Dale and along the adjacent Strines Reservoir.
Dale Dike is part of series of reservoirs in the area. You can also visit Damflask Reservoir and Agden Reservoir for more good walking trails and beautiful Peak District scenery.
You can also climb west to Derwent Edge and Back Tor for great views back down to the surrounding reservoirs. View Full Details>>
Derwent Reservoir4 miles (6.5 km)This is a moderate walk along Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs, with a short climb to the woodland, farmland and moorland above the water. From the high points there are wonderful views of the Derwent Valley and the surrounding Peak District hills.
You'll also pass the old Derwent Village where two buildings remain, the Lodge and the schoolroom. An information panel tells you about the history of the village including how it was flooded when the Dam was built in the Second World War.
On your walk look out for wildlife including various birds of prey, mountain hares, golden plovers and pipistrelle bats.
The walk starts at the Fairholmes carpark, where you'll find an excellent visitor centre and cafe. You then head to Derwent Dam where you pick up a waterside path along Derwent Reservoir's eastern side. Derwent Dam and the adjacent Howden Dam, were built at the beginning of the century and became famous for being used for RAF flying practice for the Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb in 1943 and then later in the Second World War film, Dambusters.
The walk heads through the woods of Hancock Wood, before climbing to Walker's Clough. You then cross the moorland above the reservoir with some truly wonderful views to enjoy. The route then descends to Ladybower Reservoir, where you pass along the water before returning to the car park.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could climb even higher to the wonderful Derwent Edge. The Millstone Gritescarpment reaches a height of over 1700ft at Back Tor with more great views to enjoy.
Geology enthusiasts can climb to Alport Castles on the western side of the water. You can start the walk from Fairholmes and climb to the spectacular rock formations via Howden Reservoir.
The waterside walk along Ladybower Reservoir is also nearby. View Full Details>>
Rudyard Lake4 miles (7 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large lake in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Cyclists can cycle the whole of the route apart from a section around the north western area where you need to dismount while crossing private property. The route starts and ends at the visitor centre at the southern end of the lake. It follows good paths along the shoreline and through several long woodland sections, making use of the Staffordshire Way along the western side of the water.
The lake is a great area for wildlife spotting. Look out for Snipe, Redwind and Goldeneye Drake on the water. View Full Details>>
Torside Reservoir4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a circular walk or cycle around this large man made lake in the Derbyshire Peak District.
There's a good sized car park off the Woodhead Road on the southern side of the water. From here you can pick up the Longdendale Trail to take you along the water. On the northern side of the reservoir you can follow footpaths along the water if you are on foot. If you're on a bike the A628 runs above the reservoir giving great views across the area. View Full Details>>
Underbank Reservoir3 miles (5 km)Follow the footpaths around Underbank Reservoir on this pleasant walk in the Peak District. It's about a 3 mile walk around the lake with a nice quiet footpath on the southern side and a roadside path on the northern side.
The walk starts from the parking area on the southern side of the water, just off Oaks Lane. It's located just to the west of the town of Stocksbridge, in the City of Sheffield. From here you can pick up the trails heading past woodland to the Little Don River at the western end. You then head along the north side, passing Sheephouse Wood. At the eastern end you will pass along the impressive Dam wall with more views of the river. View Full Details>>

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