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Jumbles Reservoir Circuit

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Jumbles Reservoir Circuit
Author: Lancashire Walks, Published: 23 Nov 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Jumbles Reservoir Circuit Walking Guidestar0 Jumbles Reservoir Circuit Walking Guidestar0 Jumbles Reservoir Circuit Walking Guidestar0 Jumbles Reservoir Circuit Walking Guidestar0 Jumbles Reservoir Circuit Walking Guide
Greater Manchester, Bolton
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Jumbles Reservoir Circuit
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Jumbles Reservoir Circuit Walking Guide boot Jumbles Reservoir Circuit Walking Guide
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A 6 mile circular walk (which can be shortened to 2 miles) from Jumbles Country Park near Bolton in Greater Manchester, close to the border with Lancashire. The walk leads you on an extended route around Jumbles Reservoir and along the southern edge of Wayoh Reservoir. In the annuls of reservoir building Jumbles is a latecomer, opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1971. Today it is a truly delightful amenity for sailing, fishing and of course walking as this route will demonstrate.

The terrain is relatively easy, with a few short climbs. It follows a mixture of surfaced tracks, parkland paths, village pavements and unmade paths through fields and pastures. You will need to negotiate footbridges, steps, gates, kissing gates and a level crossing. Dogs are welcome in the country park. You may come across livestock (including cattle) in some of the pastures, but these pastures can be avoided by following the shorter version of the walk. There is a cafe, toilets and information centre in the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 3 hours.

Jumbles Country Park is located about four miles north of Bolton. The park has its own dedicated free car park which is accessed off the A676 Bradshaw Road, marked with brown tourism signs. Approximate post code BL2 4JS.

Walk Sections

Start to Footbridge East
Start to Footbridge East

Start point: 53.6219 lat, -2.4002 long
End point: 53.6296 lat, -2.4 long

Leave the car park heading north, passing the useful little building (with toilets) and with Jumbles Reservoir on your left. After passing the Information Centre follow a broad track that hugs the shoreline, passing through a pleasantly wooded area as you proceed northwards. Along the way, you will cross a bridge over a small inlet.

After half a mile the track reaches the end of the reservoir, with a wide footbridge over Bradshaw Brook on your left. Ignore this footbridge, unless you wish to take the shortcut and follow a 2 mile version of the walk. If you want to follow the shorter route, cross the bridge to reach the western side of the bridge and then skip ahead to the section called Footbridge West to Ousel Nest Meadows.

Footbridge East to Printer's Court
Footbridge East to Printer's Court

Start point: 53.6296 lat, -2.4 long
End point: 53.6375 lat, -2.3967 long

For the main route, keep ahead to enter the steep-sided and wooded Bradshaw Valley. As the route comes close to the settlement of Turton Bottoms, it turns left to cross over the stream by a cobbled bridge. Continue ahead and, where the cobbles end, fork right on a track to re-cross the stream over a packhorse bridge. As you reach a cobbled area, bear right to pass Printer's Court on your right, a row of attractive cottages.

Printer's Court to Turton Stream Bridge
Printer's Court to Turton Stream Bridge

Start point: 53.6375 lat, -2.3967 long
End point: 53.6422 lat, -2.391 long

After the row of cottages, turn left onto a footpath. Join a lane which bears left and then turn right towards a modern and luxurious housing development. Bear right to join a track and then, at a wooden gate, turn left up a flight of stone steps to climb to a rise just below an isolated mill chimney. This is a remnant of the Old Russia Lodge Mill and one of the few mill chimneys in the area not knocked down by Fred Dibnah. Go left through a gate and follow the path to enter pasture above a pair of mill lodges on the left. Climb to exit via the wooden gate to the left of a tall conifer and then follow the path to a metal kissing gate before dropping down to a footbridge.

Turton Stream Bridge to Bolton Road
Turton Stream Bridge to Bolton Road

Start point: 53.6422 lat, -2.391 long
End point: 53.6439 lat, -2.3942 long

Cross this bridge and turn right following a stream up to an elaborate stone weir. Turn left and left again, climbing steeply through woods to reach a kissing gate leading onto a track, opposite the imposing Barlow Institute. Turn left and soon after, enter a field. Staying alongside the wall to the right, pass through a wooden kissing gate on a narrow path. Keep to it as it turns right passing by cottages to put you on Bolton Road.

Bolton Road to Green Arms Road
Bolton Road to Green Arms Road

Start point: 53.6439 lat, -2.3942 long
End point: 53.6403 lat, -2.4057 long

Turn left and, as you reach the Black Bull, turn right onto a footpath. This leads down to the end of Wayoh Reservoir. Turn left to cross the dam. At the far side continue ahead on the reservoir's service road. This leads first to Embankment Road and then, keeping ahead, to a T-junction with Greens Arms Road on the edge of Chapeltown.

Green Arms Road to Castellated Bridge
Green Arms Road to Castellated Bridge

Start point: 53.6403 lat, -2.4057 long
End point: 53.632 lat, -2.4111 long

Turn left and walk into the village. At the Chetham Arms, turn right to follow a track leading downhill to a level crossing over the Blackburn-Bolton railway line. Cross the railway and, keeping left of an ultra-modern development, take a footpath into pasture. Keeping to the wall on the left, climb to arrive at a gate leading onto a broad track. Turn left along the track. Now on the Witton Weavers Way (The Warpers Trail), in 300yds the track meets a lane. Here bear left as it takes you over the railway by means of castellated bridge. This decorative feature was insisted on by the landowner when the Blackburn to Bolton line was constructed in 1848.

Castellated Bridge to Footbridge West
Castellated Bridge to Footbridge West

Start point: 53.632 lat, -2.4111 long
End point: 53.6298 lat, -2.4007 long

After crossing the railway, the lane beyond drops down to a T-junction with Chapletown Road (B6391) passing Turton Tower on your left. This was originally built in the 15th century as a pele tower. Over the years changes and additions have created the fine country house you see today. At the road turn left and then, after 200yds, turn right onto a footpath close to a World War II pillbox. The path climbs at first, then soon drops through woodland to arrive at Jumbles Reservoir, arriving at the western end of the footbridge you ignored earlier on the walk.

Footbridge West to Ousel Nest Meadows
Footbridge West to Ousel Nest Meadows

Start point: 53.6298 lat, -2.4007 long
End point: 53.6168 lat, -2.4071 long

If you are following the short version of the route and have just crossed the footbridge, turn left. If you are following the full version of the route and have just reached this bridge, do NOT cross, instead turn right.

Either way you are joining the path heading south and following the shore to your left. The route passes a small reservoir on the right to reach a car parking area for the sailing club. From here, turn left over a footbridge to join a broad track. Keep ahead until a wooden fence on the left signals the start of properties which are on Grange Road. Keep ahead along the road. After passing Grange Manor on the left take the second footpath on the left which takes you into Ousel Nest Meadows.

Ousel Nest Meadows to End
Ousel Nest Meadows to End

Start point: 53.6168 lat, -2.4071 long
End point: 53.622 lat, -2.4001 long

Follow the path as it drops to below the dam end of Jumbles Reservoir to a green painted footbridge. Cross the bridge and, on the far side, climb steeply through the trees to arrive at the car park where the walk began.

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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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