GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wessenden Reservoir

3 miles (5 km)

This walk visits Wessenden Reservoir and Moor in West Yorkshire. There's some fine moorland scenery and excellent views from the elevated position of the reservoirs.
You can start the walk from the Wessenden Head Road Car Park located just to the east of Wessenden Head Reservoir at Pudding Real Moss. From here you can pick up a section of the Pennine Way and follow the waymarked trail west to the first of the reservoirs. Continue north west and the trail will take you along the Wessenden Brook to Great Hey Cote Hill and the northern reservoir where there's an impressive dam. You can easily extend the walk by continuing north to visit Blakeley Reservoir and Butterley Reservoir.


HD9 4EU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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


After your walk you could head north east into nearby Meltham and visit the Travellers Rest. The pub has a friendly atmosphere and is a popular place for walkers. They have a lovely large garden area where you can enjoy great views with your meal. You can find them on Slaithwaite Road with a postcode of HD9 5NH for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The moorland area is a fine place for a dog walk so you will probably bump into other owners on a fine weekend day. The pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Meltham Walk starts from the nearby town and visits the reservoirs, Meltham Moor and Deer Hill Reservoir. In the town you can also visit Meltham Mills Reservoir, Honley Woods 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.
To the west you can explore the expansive Marsden Moor.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Pennines Walks and Peak District Walks pages.


Wessenden Moor - - 685587

Wessenden Moor. Looking to Wessenden Head Reservoir, pic taken from Wessenden Head Road near the free car park where the route begins.

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Wessenden Head Reservoir looking west across the reservoir towards Shiny Brook Clough.

Wessenden Head Reservoir spillway - - 685595

Wessenden Head Reservoir spillway. Taken from the Pennine Way travelling south.

Lower Hills, Wessenden Valley, Marsden - - 929859

Lower Hills, Wessenden Valley, Marsden. These look like drumlins – piles of material left by the retreating glacier. The Holme Moss TV mast is on the horizon.

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The grass covered dam of Wessenden Reservoir. Wessenden Lodge is on the left and the rhododendrons add a splash of colour to the valley sides.

Wessenden Reservoir from Birk Moss, Marsden - - 480864

The reservoir from Birk Moss, Marsden. As the very steep slope above the reservoir is approached, bracken becomes the dominant plant.


GPS Files

GPX File

Wessenden Reservoir.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Wessenden Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)