Locals have dubbed it “Dog Mess Alley”.

And it seems despite a series of improvements at Digley Reservoir, things have not yet changed.

Yorkshire Water have spent more than £16,000 refurbishing the scenic footpaths around the Holme Valley reservoir but are still having to spend even more clearing up dog mess.

The path at the Holme Valley beauty spot is extremely popular with dog walkers, but at a rather messy cost.

Despite the works, there is still plenty of evidence that dog-owners are not cleaning up.

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There were piles of mess on the paths and grass verges, and bags of poo dumped on walls.

The company has announced major refurbishments to sections of the footpath so it can continue to be enjoyed.

But research carried out found that dissatisfied visitors to the site were predominantly concerned over the amount of dog poo left on the paths.

Alastair Harvey, Recreation Advisor at Yorkshire Water said: “We know that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dogs and dispose of the poo bags correctly.

“However, a minority of owners don’t, so dog fouling is a real issue that affects many people.

“We welcome dog owners at Digley but ask that everyone acts 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.”

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Storms and floods are also to blame for damage caused to the footpath, and Yorkshire Water have installed better drainage.

Alastair added: “The paths are in great shape ready for the warmer weather when we tend to see visitor numbers increase dramatically.”

The company are now currently trying to sort out the installation of more bins for both of Digley’s car parks and an emptying service.

The site is owned by Yorkshire Water, who own 72,000 acres of land across the region.