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Looking across Deanhead Reservoir from the dam
Looking across Deanhead Reservoir from the dam

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Route No. 335 - Tuesday 20 April 2010
Scammonden Water and
Deanhead reservoir circuit - 7km
Huddersfield . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 21 South Pennines at 1:25000


The view along Scammonden Water from the car park
The view along Scammonden Water from the car park

The M62 motorway crossing the Sammonden Water dam
The M62 motorway crossing the Sammonden Water dam

It is unique in Britain in that the reservoir dam also acts as the motorway embankment. The route uses Yorkshire Water's permissive paths around the reservoir and some public rights of way. We headed north out of the car park parallel to the road and then turned left to follow a path down the steep hillside to the edge of the reservoir near the draw off tower at the north east corner of Scammonden water.

We had stayed last night with some friends who live near Denby Dale, so this morning my wife and I decided to have a short walk on the way home. We drove to the Yorkshire Water public car park at map ref. SE055164 off a minor road over looking Scammonden Water reservoir in the Deanhead Valley next to the M62 motorway.

Permissive path leaving the car park
Permissive path leaving the car park

The draw-off tower at Scammonden Water
The draw-off tower at Scammonden Water

Following the permissive path along the edge of the reservoir
Following the permissive path along the edge of the reservoir

Boardwalk following the feeder stream from the head of the reservoir
Boardwalk along the feeder stream from the head of the reservoir

Boardwalk following the feeder stream from the head of the reservoir
Boardwalk along the feeder stream from the head of the reservoir

There is also a Scout & Guide sailing centre here too. The path skirted the edge of the sailing club site and dropped back down to the edge of the reservoir. We continued along the path following the feeder stream from the head of the reservoir for about 300m to a minor road at map ref. SE041155.

At the reservoir we turned left away from the dam and the motorway and followed the path around the edge of the reservoir. After about 1km the path turned left away from the reservoir to climb up the hillside around the premises of the Scammonden Water Sailing Club.

Following the permissive path along the edge of the reservoir
Following the permissive path along the edge of the reservoir

Coltsfoot by the path
Coltsfoot by the path

Bridge carrying New Lane over Black Burne Brook
Bridge carrying New Lane over Black Burne Brook

Looking back along the permissive path across the crest of the Deanhead Reservoir dam
Looking back along the permissive path across the crest of the Deanhead Reservoir dam

Track from New Lane up to the Deanhead reservoir dam
Track from New Lane up to the Deanhead reservoir dam

Path from Deanhead reservoir heading back to New Lane
Path from Deanhead reservoir heading back to New Lane

We then turned right to follow a path out to the road again at map ref. SE039155. We turned left at the road and walked along the road for about 250m. Here we turned right off the road on to a public footpath following the contour around the hillside above the reservoir.

At the road, New Lane, we turned left and followed the road for 300m to a sharp left hand bend. On the crown of the bend we turned right off the road to walk along a track to the south eastern end of the dam to Deanhead Reservoir. From here we crossed the dam

Permissive path at Deanhead reservoir
Permissive path at Deanhead reservoir

New Lane on the way back to Scammonden Water
New Lane on the way back to Scammonden Water

Footpath from New Lane back to Scammonden Water
Footpath from New Lane back to Scammonden Water

Path along the dam below the M62 motorway
Path along the dam below the M62 motorway

Nearby was a plaque commemorating the opening of the reservoir by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 14 October 1971. We turned left away from the reservoir on to the path we had used at the start of our walk and retraced our steps up the steep hillside and back into the car park. The walk had been 7km and it had taken us about two and a half hours to walk. From the car park we drove home for a late lunch after a very pleasant walk.

After about 200m we left the public footpath and continued along a water company permissive path below the village of Deanhead. We continued along this path for about 1km to the north west corner of Scammonden Dam. At the dam we turned right to cross the dam with the reservoir on our right and the M62 Motorway above on our left. Once across the dam we came to the draw-off tower.

View over Scammonden Water to the car park opposite
View over Scammonden Water to the car park opposite

Looking back across the dam below the M62 motorway
Looking back across the dam below the M62 motorway

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