Watergrove Reservoir : Greater Manchester

by | Nov 29, 2019 | Go Outside, Greater Manchester, Walking

Route Information

An out-and-return circular walk

Route Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3.08 km (1.91 miles)

Route Elevation: 54 m

Route Time: 1-2 hrs

Start and Finish: Watergrove Reservoir Car Park, Ramsden Road, Wardle, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL12 9NH

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.


No facilities on this site


Very few hazards along this route

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Public Transport

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Weather Forecast

Watergrove Weather


Wardle is a little village between Rochdale and Littleborough and was the focus of my attention given it is local to me and i thought it was worth including on the site given its popularity with the town.

Although Watergrove Reservoir (Also known as Wardle Reservoir) is not big in size it is a nice relaxing short walk which takes you through various landscapes which are pleasing to the eye and a great starting point for anybody looking to improve their fitness and gain some confidence without being too over faced.

This walk is very straight forwards and does not require any GPX navigation to be fair, you just walk anticlockwise around the reservoir from the car park.

 There was once a village where the reservoir now resides called Watergrove, but it was submerged during the building of the reservoir. “

 From the reservoir you can see some good vistas Including Brown Wardle Hill and from the start point you have good views over Wardle village and across to Smithybridge and even Hollingworth Lake. Wardle Village has a couple of pubs if you fancy something to eat and drink after your walk but i have personally never been in either.

The reservoir is part of the Pennines and close by is the Pennine bridleway and also the Mary Townley Loop. There is plenty of wildlife which can be seen and if you are lucky enough you might even catch a glimpse of deer which are often seen in the area

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