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Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs

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Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jul 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs Walking Guidestar1 Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs Walking Guidestar1 Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs Walking Guidestar1 Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs Walking Guidestar1 Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs Walking Guide
Lancashire, Darwen
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs Walking Guide boot Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk near Darwen in Lancashire, taking in the beautiful moorland and woodland areas that sit between the two reservoirs, Wayoh Reservoir and Turton and Entwistle Reservoir. The walk begins by climbing into the moorland where you will have fabulous views, before descending through Chapeltown to reach the banks of Wayoh Reservoir. The pretty waterside paths are lined with dense woodland, the water is home to plenty of wildlife and you will get a great view of the Armsgrove Viaduct. The final stretch takes you through the village of Entwistle to return to the banks of Turton and Entwistle Reservoir.

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. Some sections of the paths can be very muddy at times. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates and flights of steps but there are no stiles on route. Most of the paths are enclosed but you will need to cross three sheep pastures plus one large hillside field which may be holding cattle, so take care with dogs. (The cattle were present when we walked but they completely ignored our dog). Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Entwistle Reservoir pay and display car park. Head south from Darwen on the A666 for about 2 miles and then turn left onto the B6391 Greens Arms Road. Follow this road for 1.5 miles then ignore the first car park on the left (Batridge Barn) and, a bit further along, turn left into Batridge Road. This road will lead you directly to the Entwistle Reservoir car park. The fee is £1.50 for the whole day (correct July 2016). The nearest post code is BL7 0NF.

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Walk Sections

Start to Greens Arms Road
Start to Greens Arms Road

Start point: 53.6508 lat, -2.4218 long
End point: 53.6479 lat, -2.4261 long

Leave the car park onto the access road, turn right along this for just a few metres (passing between the gateposts) and then turn sharp left back on yourself through a metal kissing gate. Follow this stone path with Turton and Entwistle Reservoir now on your right. Stay with the path as it swings right and then left and, just a few paces later, turn left (leaving the reservoir behind) to join a flight of steps leading you up through the woodland.

At the top you will emerge into another car park (Batridge Barn). Turn left through the length of this car park and join the small path ahead for just a few paces to reach a large boulder. Turn sharp right immediately after this boulder to join the stone path, passing the car park and a picnic bench on your right. Follow this path winding quite steeply uphill and you will emerge to the access road for the Batridge Barn car park.

NOTE: You may come across sheep grazing in the next field. Go through the bridle gate ahead and follow the stone path as it swings steadily left through this rough pasture. At the far side, go through the next bridle gate to reach a junction with the road, Greens Arms Road.

Greens Arms Road to Level Crossing
Greens Arms Road to Level Crossing

Start point: 53.6479 lat, -2.4261 long
End point: 53.6366 lat, -2.4095 long

Cross over with care and go through the staggered barrier ahead to continue on the bridleway. At the T-junction, turn left to join the stone vehicle access track. As you come to a cattle grid, pass through the gate to the left of this (you may come across sheep again from this point) and continue ahead on the stone track as it leads you through the moorland pastures. Take time to enjoy the views that have opened up all around. The buildings of Chapeltown can be seen nestled in the valley bottom at about 10 o’clock, including the spire of St Anne’s Church.

Pass through the next gateway and ignore the kissing gate to your left, simply keep ahead on the main stone track. This track is part of the Witton Weavers Way, a 32 mile long-distance-path which has been designed to lead walkers on a route incorporating weavers’ cottages and country houses in the area. Lancashire was the centre of the cotton industry in Victorian times and the mill towns of Blackburn and Darwen were known throughout the world. However, a hundred years before this period, handloom weavers worked from home. Their stone built cottages are now the nucleus of the beautiful hamlets and villages we find today, throughout the West Pennine Moors.

Beyond the next large section of pasture the track narrows leading through a woodland belt across a pretty stream, Billy Brook. Stay with the track, passing alongside another cattle grid and continuing past the buildings of Clough House Farm. Continue ahead between old stone walls, pass through another gateway and stay with the track (with the wall continuing on your left). About 150 metres later you will come to a waymarker post with wooden gates each side of the track.

NOTE: You may come across cattle in this next field. Turn left through the gate and follow the obvious path ahead with a wall running on your right and a stream running in the gulley to your left. Just before the end of the field, you will pass a row of modern houses on your left. These have been built recently on the site of a former mill. Pass through the gate to leave the field, keep ahead for just a few paces and you will come to a level crossing.

Level Crossing to Wayoh Dam
Level Crossing to Wayoh Dam

Start point: 53.6366 lat, -2.4095 long
End point: 53.6419 lat, -2.4028 long

This was once the site of a rail station but this was closed long ago and all that remains is the level crossing. Cross over the railway at this level crossing (waiting for trains to pass should the barriers be down). Continue straight ahead past Ivory House on your left. Follow the pavement steadily downhill, soon joining an old cobbled road. Where the cobbled road begins to swing right, fork left to join the stone track.

Follow this track steadily uphill, passing a number of properties on your right. You will emerge to a T-junction with the main road in Chapeltown. Cross over to the far pavement and turn left along this. Just a little way along you will pass the Old School House across to your left, a beautiful building dating from 1689 which was in use as the local school until 1871.

Keep ahead along the right-hand pavement and ignore the first side road on your right, Chapel Grange. Continue ahead on the main road, taking care on this stretch without pavements. Take the next turning on the right, Embankment Road. You will come to the gates for Wayoh Reservoir ahead. Pass through these (or use the gap to the right of them) and follow the tarmac access lane leading you downhill. At the bottom of the slope you will come to the start of the Wayoh Dam.

Wayoh Dam to Crow Trees Lane
Wayoh Dam to Crow Trees Lane

Start point: 53.6419 lat, -2.4028 long
End point: 53.6524 lat, -2.4082 long

Do NOT walk ahead to cross the dam, instead turn immediately left, passing alongside a vehicle gate to join the tarmac track with the reservoir on your right. Keep ahead as the track becomes a stone path winding along the edge of the reservoir.

Wayoh Reservoir was completed in 1876 and was then enlarged in 1962. Together with Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, it supplies more than 50% of Bolton’s drinking water. The woodland surrounds are managed for conservation and in the spring and summer months your journey will be accompanied by beautiful bird song. Look out for wagtails, woodpeckers and finches.

After about 0.7 miles you will come to a fork in the path. Bear right to take the branch which leads you along a causeway across the water. To your left you will have a great view of Armsgrove Railway Viaduct with its magnificent tall stone arches. At the far side, stay with the path which swings right and then continues winding along the reservoir edge. Eventually you will emerge via a kissing gate to reach a junction with a quiet lane, Crow Trees Lane. Turn right along the pavement and follow Crow Trees Lane as it leads you on another causeway across the water.

Crow Trees Lane to Entwistle Station
Crow Trees Lane to Entwistle Station

Start point: 53.6524 lat, -2.4082 long
End point: 53.655 lat, -2.4141 long

At the far side, turn left alongside the vehicle gate to join the stone track running along the east bank of the reservoir, with the water now across to your left. The path swings left, leading you downhill and over a wide concrete bridge to cross one of the streams that feeds the reservoir. Stay with the path as it continues along the east shore of the reservoir.

Further along you will come to the main river that feeds the reservoir, Broadhead Brook. Turn left to cross the wooden footbridge over this river and keep ahead on the stone path at the far side. Cross a second footbridge and bear left for just a few metres to reach a junction of paths with a bench. Take the path to the right of the bench, a stone path which winds steeply uphill.

At the top, you will emerge from the trees to reach a kissing gate ahead. Pass through this, keep ahead on the fenced path between pastures and go up the steps and through the gate to reach a junction with the road. Turn right along this road and follow it as it swings left across the railway to reach Entwistle Station on your right.

Entwistle Station to End
Entwistle Station to End

Start point: 53.655 lat, -2.4141 long
End point: 53.651 lat, -2.4219 long

Fork left just before the large beech tree and then bear left again to join Overshores Road, a quiet track that leads you around the left-hand side of the large stone pub building. Stay with this lane passing a row of houses on your left and then keep right at all the fork junctions.

The track becomes a tarmac lane, taking you downhill between stone walls and then leading you along the dam at the southern edge of Turton and Entwistle Reservoir. At the end of the dam you will come to the car park where the walk began.

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2 responses to "Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs"

Loved this walk with its views of St Anne's Church and the reservoirs. If you have the time, the Strawbury Duck is worth a rest stop after the climb up to Entwistle station.

By kkcdad on 2016-08-14 17:30:18

Lovely walk. Walked round entwistle reservoir first then did walk. car park was busy and road leading down to it narrow so got bit hectic with cars trying to pass, but well worth it.😃

By GailT on 2016-10-02 15:00:23

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Wayoh Reservoir
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