GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Widdop Reservoir

4 miles (6 km)

Widdop Reservoir is located near Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. This circular walk takes you around the reservoir and through some stunning scenery. You begin at the Clough Foot car park and follow Graining Water to the reservoir. You then climb to Great Edge Bottom and Flaugh Hill with great views of the reservoir and surrounding countryside. You return via Scar Hollow and Cludders Slack using the Pennine Bridleway long distance walking route.
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Hardcastle Crags where you will find a beautiful woodland valley with streams and waterfalls. The Gorple Reservoir walk and the Walshaw Dean Reservoir walk also start from the same location.


HX7 7AT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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


The Pack Horse Inn is located a short distance south east of the reservoir. This interesting historic pub is located in a very remote position and dates from the 17th century. Inside there's a cosy bar with fires, window seats cut into the partly panelled stripped-stone walls (from where you can take in the beautiful views), sturdy furnishings and some horse related mementoes. There are also seats outside in the cobblestoned beer garden which has attractive hanging baskets. They have a good selection of ales, a decent menu and are also dog friendly. You can find the pub on the Widdop Road about a mile south east of the car park, at a postcode of HX7 7AT.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you follow the Burnley Way or Pennine Bridleway west you could visit Cant Clough Reservoir and Hurstwood Reservoir near Burnley. There's some more nice waterside footpaths to try here.


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Widdop Reservoir Dam

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After a dry summer, the water level was unusually low. Widdop Reservoir was built for Halifax Corporation between 1871 and 1878.

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Looking down the overflow - as it heads under the road over the dam.

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Gorple Gate - this track is incorporated into many routes around the area by walkers,horse riders and mountain bikers


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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