I always think that there are places you have never been, little gems, not far from your door. Just outside Holmfirth, to the South West, are five reservoirs. They are:
Riding Wood Reservoir
We had good weather here in the UK at the weekend, a little too warm for me to hit the heights, so I headed to Holmfirth. I'd been looking at this series of reservoirs for a couple of weeks on the map, planning a route that would last a few hours and take in some views. Well I certainly got some views. A really pleasant walk, nothing too strenuous, so worth a look if you don't want big hills. And a choice of pubs during or after your walk for something nice to eat and a pint in the sun, while it lasts.
I parked in a free car park that is near the headwall of Ramsden Reservoir. It's a small car park that was full on my return, around a dozen cars. There is a picnic area and some nice views.
I chose a route that covered around 6 miles and there were times when it felt like I was further away from a populated area than actually was. There were areas that had quite a remote feel to them adding to the enjoyment of the walk. There was no litter either unlike some other popular areas for walks. Some people really need to remember to take their litter home.
|The wood below Ramsden Edge|
|Riding Wood Reservoir|
|The back of Ramsden Reservoir|
|Holme Moss ahead, Yateholme Reservoir hiding behind a large banking on the left|
|The track through Holme Woods|
|The view across Holmfirth from Netherley|
|One of the choice of pubs, this one in Holme|
|Rigley Reservoir ahead.|
|Bilberry Reservoir that feeds into Rigley Reservoir|
|Rigley Reservoir from Bilberry Reservoir headwall|
|The woods along Rigley Reservoir's northern shore|
|Brownhill Reservoir on the route back to the car|
|Brownhill Reservoir overlooked by Holme Moss|
|Looking back to my walk area from Holme Moss|