Watergrove Reservoir

Watergrove reservoir is situated north of Wardle and the A58 Halifax Road and south of Bacup. Rochdale is to the west and Littleborough to the east.

Watergrove reservoir was built in the 1930s. Rochdale Corporation chose Watergrove as a suitable site to build a large reservoir, due mainly to a prolonged drought. The ruins of the old village of Watergrove lie under the large expanse of water, and dotted around the landscape above the reservoir there are several ruins originally belonging to the submerged village.

Set into the reservoir wall 100 metres from the car park, there are a number of datestones, drinking troughs and window mullions rescued from the old Watergrove village.

The first route 'The Watergrove Trail', around the reservoir is mostly of good surface although it can be boggy in places as it follows the perimeter of the reservoir and goes past the sailing club. The second route 'Hades Trail', going up to the ruins of Higher Slack Brook Farm, can be very boggy particularly in the walled sunken lanes around the reservoir. The Long Causeway, an old packhorse route to Ramsden branches off at the northerly point of this route.


Site facilities include:

  • Toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs allowed if kept under control
  • Free car parking
  • Limited wheelchair access

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 all day every day. Please telephone for more details.

Piethorne Rangers Office on 01706 881049

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