Worsbrough Mill Reservoir Improvement Works

We’re making essential improvements to the reservoir at Worsbrough Mill Country Park.


This includes repairs to the north and south banks of the reservoir, focusing on preserving the area for decades to come.


The work is taking place throughout 2023 and is due to be completed by Spring 2024.


There will be minimal disruption to visitors while the work is taking place, and all parts of the Country Park will remain open, however, some sections may be barriered off for short periods or diversions put in place.


We’re working with local people, volunteers, wildlife specialists and partners, including the Barnsley and District Amalgamated Angling Society, Wigfield Farm, the Environment Agency and contractors Balfour Beatty, throughout the project to make sure the work is carried out with the least amount of disruption possible and that the local wildlife and natural habitats are protected.


We’ve started the work as soon as possible to protect local habitats and to make the area as safe as possible for visitors and people who use the reservoir.


We hope that visitors old and new will come and explore the beauty of the Country Park, including free trails, stunning public art, a play area, volunteering opportunities, wide-ranging events, gift shop, visitor centre and on-site café all of which offer a unique day out for all ages.

Worsbrough Mill Reservoir Updates

Worsbrough Mill Resevoir Improvement Works - FAQ's

Why are we making improvements to Worsbrough Mill's reservoir?

Essential improvements are taking place to our reservoir, it is extremely important that these works take place for health and safety reasons due to the instability of the banking. It will see the repair of both the north and south banks.

The work is also important to support local wildlife and habitats.

When will the work be completed?

Construction work to the reservoir will be complete in winter 2023 with elements of landscaping to be
complete in Spring 2024.

What will it look like when the work is complete?

When the water is at the normal level the areas will not look too different as the vast majority of the works will be below the water line. All that will be visible is the top level of the banking.

Will there be any changes on my next visit?

The country park, cafe, shop, and Mill are still open. There will be some footpath closures during the works to keep the public and workforce safe but there will be diversions signposted. Please adhere to any closures as these are done for your own protection.

Can I still fish?

Unfortunately the site will be closed to anglers during the work. For alternative local sites please consult the Barnsley and District Amalgamated Angling Society at barnsleyfishing.uk

Can I still feed the ducks?

The footbridge will still be open and accessible to feed the ducks. Did you know – bread isn’t actually very good for
ducks, it increases waste products in and around the water which can cause disease and algae issues.
Instead they prefer peas, lettuce, sweetcorn, oats, seeds and rice. Find out more here canalrivertrust.org.uk

Can I volunteer?

Once the main construction works are completed we welcome volunteers to assist with the landscaping works. More information on this will be available on the notice boards nearer the time. Also keep an eye on the website for updates on this project and other events and volunteering opportunities.