GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bosley Reservoir

3 miles (5.5 km)

This reservoir in the Cheshire village of Bosley has a nice waterside walking trail running along it's southern and eastern shore. The village has a church dating from the early 15th century with a delightful wildlife garden. It's a short walk from the village to the reservoir with splendid views of the beautiful countryside and rolling hills of the Cheshire Plain. The reservoir also includes a grade II listed horseshoe arch bridge and a valve house built in 1831.
You can start the walk from the little village and head south on the pavement of the A523. You pass Chaff Hall before picking up the footpath to take you across farmland to the reservoir.
Alternatively there is roadside parking on Smithy Lane at the southern end of the water so you could drive straight there. You can see this on the google street view link below.
You can extend your walk by climbing north east towards Sutton Common and Croker Hill for fabulous views back down to the reservoir. These paths head north east from the northern point of the water.
To extend your walking in the area you could head half a mile west from Bosley and pick up the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk. This will take you along the towpath of the Macclesfield Canal to the splendid Bosley Locks which are well worth a visit.
A couple of miles to the south west you can enjoy a climb to the Bosley Cloud and enjoy fabulous views over the area.


SK11 0NX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bosley Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bosley Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


After your walk you could reward yourself with refreshments at the Harrington Arms in Bosley. The pub is located on the Leek Road just to the west of the reservoir. It has a nice large beer garden to relax in during the warmer months.


Bosley Reservoir - - 210974

This the North East part showing the wooded promontory to the right. It also shows a distinct lack of water level. The lake is fed from the surrounding hills.

Bosley Reservoir (South east end) - - 89190

View over the water to the telecommunications mast on Croker Hill.

Bosley parish church - St Mary the Virgin - - 2904809

Bosley parish church. The Grade II listed church lies just to the west of the lake. In the church is a late 18th-century altar table, a 17th-century oakpulpit, sanctuary chairs from the same period, and a parish chest dating probably from the 16thcentury.

Bosley Reservoir - - 1944019

A view of the northern end of the reservoir

Macclesfield Canal feeder - - 1943986

Macclesfield Canal feeder at the southern end.

Fishing at Bosley - - 158129

Fishing at Bosley

Harrington Arms - - 1549365

Harrington Arms

Church of St Mary, Bosley - - 5665985

Church of St Mary in the village


GPS Files

GPX File

Bosley Reservoir.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Bosley Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)