Enjoy a circular walk around the pretty Wardle reservoir in Greater Manchester. There's a car park at the southern end of the water on Ramsden Road where you can pick up the footpath around the water. The reservoir is surrounded by attractive moorland with great views across Manchester to the Cheshire plain.
Watergrove is great for wildlife watching with birds such as Common Sandpiper and Curlew to look out for. There's also mammals such as Fox, Stoat and Weasel. In the summer there are lots of wildflowers such as Marsh Orchid, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Tormentil, Harebell and Sneezewort. These attract a wide variety of butterflies to the area.
The Weighver's Way and the Pennine Bridleway run past the reservoir so you could pick up these long distance paths to extend your walk. If you head west you can climb to Brown Wardle Hill for more great views over the Pennines. The hills stands at 400m (1,312 ft) making it one of the highest points in Rochdale and Greater Manchester. Just beyond the hill is the town of Whitworth and Cowm Reservoir where there's another circular trail. Greenbooth Reservoir is also nearby and well worth a visit. If you head east from Watergrove Reservoir you can climb to Dobbin Hill and Stansfield Hill.
PostcodeOL12 9NJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Watergrove Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Watergrove Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Watergrove Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Watergrove Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head south into Wardle village and you could visit the Globe Inn for some post walk refreshment. The pretty village pub serves good home cooked food and has a nice beer garden for warmer days. You can find them at 218 Ramsden Road with a postcode of OL12 9NU for your sat navs.
The reservoir is a popular place for dog walkers so expect to see other people with their pets on a fine day. The Globe Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles to the north there's Gorpley Reservoir near Todmorden. The area includes the woodland and waterfalls of Gorpley Clough.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.