GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wayoh Reservoir

3 miles (4.5 km)

Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Bolton. There is a good footpath around the water which makes use of the Witton Weavers Way on the eastern side. The walk starts near Entwistsle railway station which can be reached from Manchester, Blackburn and Clitheroe. You then pick up the lovely path with waterside and woodland sections to enjoy. There are also great views of the surrounding countryside and the impressive Entwistle viaduct.
To extend your walk you can head to the nearby Entwistle Reservoir or follow the Witton Weavers Way a mile south to Jumbles Country Park.

Postcode

BL7 0LU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

Pubs/Cafes

The Strawbury Duck is conveniently located at the northern end of the reservoir. It's one of the area's landmark pubs and well worth a visit after your walk. There's an appealing interior with old beams, an open fire, numerous pictures on the wall, comfy chairs & a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. Outside there's a nice beer garden for warmer days. You can find it close to the train station on Overshores Rd with a postcode of BL7 0LU for your sat navs.
The Strawbury Duck at Entwistle (geograph 2270773) Entwistle Reservoir. - geograph.org.uk - 241722
Pictured above are the Strawbury Duck Pub and the adjacent Entwistle Reservoir. A visit to both is a nice idea after your exercise.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south east of the site you'll find the little village of Chapeltown and the noteworthy Turton Tower. This historical landmark dates back to the Middle Ages and includes pleasant grounds with woodland and pretty gardens. There's also a delightful tea room with a terraced garden which makes a fine place for some post walk refreshments.
For more walking ideas in the area see the West Pennine Moors Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Wayoh Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 567530

Wayoh reservoir, near Edgworth, provides 38 million litres of water per day to the Bolton area

Overflow on Wayoh Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 327439

Originally built in 1876 to supply water to Bolton, Wayoh Reservoir was increased in size in 1962. The overflow is clearly part of the later development.

Gate on footpath to Wayoh Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 399168

Gate on footpath to Wayoh Reservoir

Overflow on Wayoh Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 993509

Overflow on the Reservoir. This picture was taken after 24 hours of heavy rain in early October 2008.

Bradshaw Brook Viaduct over Wayoh Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 134

Bradshaw Brook Viaduct over the Reservoir. The viaduct is in the South of the square and this picture is taken from Armsgrove Bridge to the East.

Walkway over the Wayoh Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 368831

Two Walkers make their way along the walkway over the reservoir on a lovely summer day. This is located at the southern end of the site.

Turton Bottoms - geograph.org.uk - 398978

A view of Turton Bottoms just south of the site. Water from Wayoh to Jumbles travels along here. The reservoir was built as a compensation reservoir in 1876 to ensure a continuous flow of water into Bradshaw Brook - so essential to feed the several bleach works down stream at that time. It is now used for domestic supply and another compensation reservoir has been built down stream in the Jumbles.

Wayoh Reservoir from The Naze - geograph.org.uk - 591145

The reservoir viewed from The Naze, an elevated viewpoint to the north. The reservoir can be seen in the distance with the spire of Edgeworth Church. The buildings of Wayoh farm are seen in the near distance

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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