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|Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jul 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Greens Arms Road|
Start point: 53.6508 lat, -2.4218 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.
|Greens Arms Road to Level Crossing|
Start point: 53.6479 lat, -2.4261 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.
|Level Crossing to Wayoh Dam|
Start point: 53.6366 lat, -2.4095 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.
|Wayoh Dam to Crow Trees Lane|
Start point: 53.6419 lat, -2.4028 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.
|Crow Trees Lane to Entwistle Station|
Start point: 53.6524 lat, -2.4082 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.
|Entwistle Station to End|
Start point: 53.655 lat, -2.4141 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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|
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|Image by: clairesharpuk |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
|Image by: clairesharpuk |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Armsgrove Railway Viaduct
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