Piethorne : Greater Manchester

by | Dec 7, 2019 | Go Outside, Greater Manchester, Walking

Route Information

An out-and-return circular walk

Route Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 4.89 km (3.06 miles)

Route Elevation: 113 m

Route Time: 2-3 hrs

Start and Finish: Unamed Road,Piethorne Valley, Newhey, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 3TQ

Depending on the featured walk and especially in mountainous areas, you may need to Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in to your own pace.


Unfortunately there are no facilities at this site, But there is off road parking.

The Bulls Head across the road is well known for serving great pub meals and ales. For more information have a look at their website 


Very few hazards along this route.

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Public Transport

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Weather Forecast

Piethorne Valley Weather


This is a nice peaceful circular walk of Ogden, Kitcliffe & Piethorne Reservoirs and most of it is on paths and tracks so it’s easy on the foot. It is dog friendly and also family friendly so it is a winner all round. There is also a a very nice pub that serves good food nearby which is called the Black Bull.

The walk starts off from the car park on Ogden Lane and takes you around Ogden, Kitcliffe & Piethorne is that order. There are some very good views from above Kitcliffe reservoir across the surrounding area.

This is a traditional reservoir walk that will take you on paths, through trees around lanes and past man-made water feeders which tend to be eye catching. There are another three reservoirs that make up the Piethorne Valley and i will possibly cover all six at a later time.

The Reservoirs feed the Oldham area and were built in the mid 1800’s and during construction a spare head was found suggesting population from the bronze age.  Piethorne reservoir is 22 metres deep at its deepest point and has enough water to feed 7 million baths.

Piethorne Reservoir is the largest of several reservoirs in the Piethorne Valley above Newley, by Milnrow, it was built between 1858 and 1868. During excavations at Piethorne in the mid-18th century, a Celtic spearhead with a 5-inch blade was unearthed, implying human habitation in the locality during the Bronze Age.

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