The scenic walking path running all along Blackmoorfoot reservoir, to the south-west of Huddersfield, has just received some improvements.

It is comprised out of tranquil water edges and woodland, making for a haven for migrating birds and wildlife. It also offers majestic views all across the waterside and its surrounding landscapes.

Bird-watching enthusiasts are among the many visitors to Blackmoorfoot making it a popular destination, so too those who simply enjoy the beautiful scenery, perhaps as part of a gentle stroll. It’s located between Meltham and Slaithwaite and there’s car parking available on Reservoir Road’s roadside.

The accessible path runs around the reservoir’s two sides for a distance of about a mile. It’s relatively flat and features short gradients where the entrance points slope to the south west and north east of the reservoir. A circular route around the reservoir can also be completed using public highways.

Yorkshire Water recently completed some general maintenance on the paths. Some resurfacing has been completed on much of the walking route, with the added fine aggregate topping making it smoother, flatter and better for running. The vegetation has been trimmed, scraped from the path edges and cut back so that the path’s full width can be regained. Improvements to the drainage have also been made to make sure the water drains away properly and doesn’t flood the path following heavy rains.

Alastair Harvey, Recreation Advisor at Yorkshire Water said; “We hope that these latest upgrades will improve the experience visitors and families have when they visit Blackmoorfoot. The paths are in great shape ready for the warmer weather when visitor numbers tend to increase dramatically.”

He added, “Everyone is welcome to enjoy walking on our land, including dog owners. We just ask everyone to act responsibly and with consideration to other users. We ask dog owners to pick up and take home any fouling by their dog and also keep them on short leads at all times, but particularly during lambing and bird nesting times which are sensitive times of the year.”