Where is this walk?

Pennine Way Reservoirs

October 23, 2019

There is a large bleak area of high moorland that marks the Pennine Way between Hebden Bridge and Haworth. On this particular walk there are four reservoirs all with straight forward walking along the banks.

The Walk

Hebden Water drains towards Hebden Bridge via a number of reservoirs. This area of moorland, with its steep V shapes are perfect to build them. They offer a pleasant focus for walking in the Bronte Country, an area which is barren and in bad conditions wild. On this walk the song of bird is is likely to be your only companion. I saw a handful of people on the walk. One runner looking exhausted but the remainder were walkers looking to complete one of the remotest sections of the Pennine Way.

The weather on the October day I chose to walk was benign. However it is quite easy to see how bleak it could become in bad weather. It is one of the hazards of long distance walking when everything has to be planned days in advance. On this walk there is no incentive to leave the paths as the moorland looked wild and the terrain would involve some difficult and exhausting walking. However this area does have a number of rights of way and fortunately Yorkshire Water have added some permissive paths to make access to the reservoirs easy.


This walk offers a good reflection of the Pennine Way. Much of it is over bleak and remote moorland. If you are considering walking the full Pennine Way the Pennine Way reservoirs walk will offer an albeit short example of what you will be faced with. It is not Malham!

Navigational Tips on the Pennine Way reservoirs

There are no difficulties in navigation on this walk. The path down to Widdop Reservoir is a little rough but it does not matter if you miss it.

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