The footpaths and tracks built to service the conduits and reservoirs throughout the South Pennines offer an easy way to access the remote Watershed Landscape. The project funding supported improvements to public footpaths by Yorkshire Water, Kirklees Council and White Rose Forest at Scammonden. Similar improvements were made at United Utilities Worsthorne and Denshaw Estates. Working with United Utilities, Oldham Council created a new circular path around Castleshaw Reservoir with an improved car park and heritage trails to explore the Castleshaw Valley.
Reservoir Trails, a funded project developed by Rochdale Council working in partnership with Oldham Council and United Utilities, made use of existing paths and rights of way combined with new interpretation facilities to help people explore and understand the reservoir landscape of the South Pennines. Click here for more information.
In other areas, the Watershed Landscape Project laid causey paving on existing routes. Placing this type of pathway, made from former mill stone (and often associated with packhorse trails), ensures that fragile peat habitats on these well-used routes are protected from further erosion. These works took place on Ilkley Moor, the Kirklees Way and the Standedge Trail.
Downloadable audio trails, podscrolls, and phone apps have been developed alongside more traditional interpretation boards and leaflets to bring the Watershed Landscape to new audiences or improve the experience for existing explorers.
Remember that the weather in the South Pennines can be unpredictable. Please remember to plan ahead for your visit.