Green Booth Reservoir is without doubt the “jewel in the crown” to the local area of Rochdale and more so the village of Norden. With four reservoirs to walk around covering just under 7K. This is a great walk for families, couples or solo and should not take up more than 2 hours of your time.
This makes for a great summer evening stroll or a Sunday winter walk, before heading home for Sunday dinner with the fires burning. It is one of my favourite places to visit given the views across Manchester and also the tranquillity of the area. All paths are well maintained but it unfortunately does not cater for disabled access.
Green Booth Reservoir is a reservoir to the north of Heywood and close to Norden in the Borough of Rochdale, within Greater Manchester.”
In 1846, Heywood Waterworks Company finished constructing the Naden Reservoirs (Lower Naden, Middle Naden and Higher Naden) in the valley above the village of Green Booth. By the 1950s, the village consisted of around 80 cottages, a sweet shop, a Co-op store and a school. There was also a woollen mill.
In 1958, Heywood and Middleton Water Board decided that another reservoir was needed to supply water to the growing population of Rochdale and started construction of Green Booth Reservoir that same year. It took over two years to build, with the village abandoned, mostly demolished and then submerged. The reservoir was completed in 1961 and officially opened in August 1965.
The only visible reminder of Green Booth village today is a plaque on the side of the reservoir dam wall which reads: “This tablet commemorates the village of Green Booth, the site of which is submerged beneath the waters of this reservoir.
The four reservoirs are in a peaceful area for a country walk with good views of Manchester in the distance. Some of the wind turbines of Scout Moor Wind Farm are also visible from the surrounding paths.