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Scammonden reservoir
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This is Scammonden reservoir, a tranquil looking place...

Anyone travelling along the M62 from Yorkshire to Lancashire will have noticed Scammonden Water. The reservoir was completed in 1971 and was dammed by a section of the M62, a considerable feat of engineering, opened by the Queen in 1971.

The reservoir can just be seen in the above image which was taken in the picnic area at the far end from the dam. A path up to the left takes visitors to the hamlet of Deanhead, part of which now lies under the reservoir.

The circular walk around the reservoir is a popular weekend outing for Huddersfield people. However, you might notice it does rain at Scammonden from time to time.

Getting there...

Leave the A640 half a mile south west of the M62 bridge and follow the sign to Wood Edge car park.
The Lowdown...
Scammonden has a water capacity of 1730 millon gallons and is 170ft deep. The height of the dam is 230ft.
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