GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ogden Reservoir and Piethorne Reservoir

3 miles (5 km)

Explore this area of the Piethorne Valley on this circular walk in theMetropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester. There's a nice walking trail taking you around Ogden Reservoir, Kitcliffe Reservoir and Piethorne Reservoir. You'll climb above the reservoirs and enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. There's also waterfalls, woodland and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way.
The Rochdale Way and the Pennine Bridleway both pass the reservoirs so you can pick up these trails to further explore the Piethorne Valley. If you head north you will pass Tunshill Hill, Dick Hill, the Longden End Brook and Rakewood before coming to the lovely Hollingworth Lake. The large lake has a nice waterside footpath and a nature reserve with lots of birdlife to look out for.
About 2.5 miles to the south east you will find Castleshaw Reservoirs. There's nice trails here around the upper and lower reservoirs, with parking available at the Castleshaw Centre.
Ogden and Piethorne Reservoirs are located near Newhey and Oldham.


OL16 3TQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ogden Reservoir and Piethorne Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ogden Reservoir and Piethorne Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Bulls Head pub is conveniently located a stones throw from Ogden Reservoir. It's a friendly pub with a good menu and a walkers and cyclists special. You can pre-order your meal before your walk or cycle so they can have it ready for when you want it or on your return. You can find the pub just to the south of the reservoir at a postcode of OL16 3TD.

Dog Walking

The reservoirs are a great place to take your dog and the Bulls Head mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south you can pick up the Crompton Circuit and enjoy a circular walk around Shaw and Crompton Moor.


Ogden Reservoir - - 681000

Ogden Reservoir. The control tower seen from the dam with woods in the background. Take in February 2008

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Water Tower Ogden Reservoir. With United Utilities Water Plant behind and the white Duke Of Wellington pub behind.

Piethorne Reservoir - - 371991

Piethorne Reservoir. Looking northeast through the waterworks gate at the southern end of the reservoir dam wall. Windy hill transmitter mast can be seen on the skyline. An Ordnance Survey benchmark has been carved into the bottom of the stone gatepost.

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Piethorne Reservoir. Looking north along the dam wall with sunlit hills in the background

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