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Dovestone Reservoir Walk

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Dovestone Reservoir Walk

The Dovestone Reservoir Walk is an enchanting route found within the Peak District National Park.

This walk follows an accessible route great for those visiting with wheelchairs and pushchairs, as well as being dog-friendly!

Dovestone Reservoir in Oldham is a beautiful spot to spend a day on a Peak District walk. Enjoy a circular route around the waters, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure such as fishing and birdwatching.

The Dovestone Reservoir is also a must-visit for any keen equestrian, making up part of the Pennine Bridleway.

An access path makes this route wonderfully accessible for all, however if you are visiting with a wheelchair or pram, it is recommended to complete the route anti-clockwise, as there is a steep section near Yeoman Hey Reservoir.


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  • Dogs on a lead (off lead in some areas)
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Kid-friendly
  • Pram friendly
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Running
  • Paddlesports


  1. Park at Dovestone Reservoir car park on Bank Lane, before walking past the public toilet block. Start walking anti-clockwise around the reservoir.
  2. Continue past the sailing club and follow the main access track around the reservoir.
  1. Make a left immediately after the wide bridge over the brook, and follow the metalled road (follow signposts to Ashway Gap).
  1. Continue along the road onto the level track which will take you around the reservoir (the reservoir should be on your left).
  1. Cross over the dam wall at the head of the reservoir and turn left, following a metalled road for a short distance. Look out for a gate to a path on the left (signposted Dovestone Circular Walk). Follow the level path slightly downhill, to walk with the reservoir still on your left.
  1. Follow the path left past the overflow machinery and over the dam wall to find the car park on your right where you started.
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