Piethorne Valley

Piethorne Valley is situated on the A640 between Newhey and Denshaw. Rochdale and the M62 are to the north, Oldham is to the south.

The first route around Ogden, the most southerly reservoir in the valley, is an easy stroll round the expanse of water and past the ruin of Rag Hole Farm. Ogden reservoir was commissioned in 1878 to collect water from Wickenhall Brook to provide drinking water for Oldham. Rag Hole Farm in the 1850s was a thriving farmstead probably growing rye and barley.

The second trail goes round both Kitcliffe and Piethorne reservoirs and by-passes the Bluebell Wood nature reserve where beech, rowan and sycamore trees have been planted, providing valuable habitat for wild animals sheltering off the high moor.

The third route is the most southerly, keeping on the road past all three reservoirs, the route commences opposite the dam on Hanging Lees reservoir. This walk takes you past Rooden reservoir, one of the deepest reservoirs at 79ft. Both the villages of Lower and Upper Ogden contain houses built from local grindstone dating back to 1710. On the high moor above Ogden Edge there are many different breeds of sheep, all very hardy to cope with the climate changes on the Pennines.


Site facilities include: 

  • Toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs allowed - if kept under control
  • Free car parking

Please stay safe - stay out of the reservoir

It's very dangerous and extremely cold. Even the strongest swimmer can drown. Find out more...

Opening times

Open every day of the year - call for more information.

For more information contact:

Piethorne Rangers Office on 01706 881049

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