GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Entwistle Reservoir

2 miles (4 km)

This circular walk follows the waterside footpath around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir near Bolton in Lancashire. The walk starts from the car park at the eastern end of the reservoir but you could also start from the nearby Entwistsle railway station. Trains run to Entwistle from Manchester, Blackburn and Clitheroe.
There is a good, well surfaced footpath around the reservoir, running for about 2.5 miles. It's a popular place for walkers with the beautiful still waters surrounded by attractive conifer trees. After your walk you can treat yourself to refreshments at the excellent Strawberry Duck pub located to the east of the reservoir, near the train station.
It's easy to extend your walk by picking up the Witton Weavers Way and following it south to the lovely Jumbles Country Park via Wayoh Reservoir.


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

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

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


The Strawbury Duck is conveniently located just to the east 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) Wayoh reservoir - - 1271960
Pictured above are the Strawbury Duck Pub and the adjacent Wayoh Reservoir. A visit to both is a nice idea after your exercise.

Dog Walking

The reservoir path and the surrounding woods are a fine place for a dog walk. The Strawberry Duck pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Follow the Witton Weavers Way south for about a mile or so and you will come to Turton Tower. This historical landmark dates back to the Middle Ages and includes pleasant grounds with woodland and pretty gardens. There's a delightful tea room with a terraced garden which makes a fine place for some post walk refreshments as well.
For more walking ideas in the area see the West Pennine Moors Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Entwistle Reservoir. - - 241722

The eastern end of the reservoir with Turton Moor in the distance. Taken in the late summer.

Turton and Entwistle Reservoir looking West - - 659463

Turton and Entwistle Reservoir looking West

Inflow, Turton and Entwistle Reservoir - - 483225

Inflow at the site

End of Turton and Entwistle Reservoir - - 475988

End of the reservoir. The Commissioners were appointed under the provisions of the Turton and Entwistle Reservoir Act of 1832 to construct a reservoir in order to improve the supply of water for power to the owners of factories on the Bradshaw Brook and on the Rivers Eagley, Irwell and Mersey. This is the northernmost of the 3 reservoirs, the other being Wayoh and Jumbles.

The path and stream through Yarnside - - 2270745

The path and stream through Yarnside

Meandering at the head of Entwistle Reservoir - - 2025552

Meandering at the head of Entwistle Reservoir


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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