Greenfield and Dovestone Reservoir

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There is some climbing on this route to reach the reservoirs on the moor, but it is very gradual. Once up at the reservoirs the way is very clear and you may enjoy views of the surrounding crag-bound hills. The walk is suitable for bad weather, as it does not venture beyond well-made or well-trodden tracks and paths.

England - North England - Lancashire - Pennines


Birds, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
11/05/2022 - Simon Worrall

Walked May 2022. No issues with directions or footpaths being closed due to shooting (see previous comments). As an introduction to the Greenfield/Dovestone area this is a good walk mainly along well made level tracks and reservoir service roads. (Our GPS recorded the walk at 6.9 miles and we completed the circuit in around 3 hours with a few short stops.) There is plenty of on-street parking on the roads around the start point, where there are also a couple of cafes, one selling great pies!

25/07/2021 - Graham Moss

Revisited this walk on the 24/07/21. Regarding my previous comment (08/01/17) my apologies to Jim Grindle as I now realise that my confusion at the beginning of the walk was of my own making and nothing to do with the script. This is an excellent walk with good scenery and easy walking and plenty of seating to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Although I haven't tried it myself the path around Dovestone Reservoir appears to be suitable for wheelchairs though you would need a RADAR key to open one of the gates. Regarding the previous comment by B.S. the 'Visitor' car park mentioned is in fact for visitors to the attached school however I am informed by a local resident that there have been no problems parking there when the School is closed. With respect to the footpath around Yeoman Hey Reservoir the footpath is clearly marked on OS maps as a 'Permissive Right of Way' so unfortunately the landowner does have a right to close the footpath.

11/01/2020 - Brian Smith

Did this walk today. The start is slightly confusing. I think houses have been built since it was written. We parked free of charge in a small visitor car park on the main road about half way between the King William Pub & the Clarence Hotel. We then just walked down the main road to the roundabout & easily picked out the start of the walk. First half of the walk was great, however as per previous comments shooting was again taking place near the second reservoir and the paths at waypoints 9 & 10 were closed stating 'No Access Shooting Taking Place' a second sign stated shooting regularly takes place between 1st September & 1st February with permission of the farmer. Not sure if it is legal to close a public footpath for private sport but I wasn’t going to argue with a man with a shotgun.

08/01/2017 - Graham Moss

Walked 07/01/2017. Some slight confusion at the start of the walk. Script tells you to look for a bus shelter on the far side of the road after the Clarence Hotel. There is a bus shelter just before the Clarence Hotel then directly after the Hotel is a roundabout. Directly across the roundabout is a boarded up public convenience but no signs of a bus shelter but this is what you are aiming for. Apart from this no problems with navigation. Planned to amend the walk by continuing to Greenfield Reservoir then crossing over to the other side for the return leg. Unfortunately the footpath was closed due to some shooting taking place, apparently this happens regularly at weekends this time of year. On return to Dove Stone Car Park I chose to follow the Oldham Way beck to Greenfield.

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