Clowbridge reservoir

The Clowbridge reservoir is open again following works.

A variety of walks await at Clowbridge reservoir. Whether it’s the accessible walk around the busy reservoir or a longer walk into the community woodland surrounded by the spectacular moorland views. This is a great place to take some time out.

On the reservoir it’s all go with sailing, wind surfing and fishing organised through the thriving Rossendale Valley Sailing Club.

The Dunnockshaw community woodland forms the eastern part of the site and provides woodland walks through the evolving woodland.

Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Public Transport

Manchester Road, Clowbridge, Burnley,
BB11 5PF.

Tel: 01706 221 195.




Car park located just off Manchester Road (A682)

The car park barrier is opened at 8:00am and closed at 5:30pm, but the site is still open.

  X43 Witch Way bus route from Burnley and Manchester calls at the Beijing Restaurant stop every 15 minutes.
Picnic Area   Walking   Other Activities   Sailing
Picnic area located close to the car park.  

Accessible circular walk around the reservoir, with several self-guided walks through the woodland.

Dogs allowed, but not on the reservoir circular path.

  Heritage sites throughout. Site orienteering – course information available at Greater Manchester Orientering Association   Sailing and wind surfing contact Rossendale Valley Sailing Club for details.
Coarse fishing tickets from Rossendale Valley Sailing Club.   Bridleway joins the National Trails - Mary Towneley Loop, Penine Bridleway. Includes disabled parking, toilets and mounting ramp.        


We want to share our beautiful sites with you, and we ask you enjoy them in a manner that allows others to enjoy them after you, this includes:

  • Following the Countryside Code - Respect, Protect and Enjoy.
  • Taking your litter home, or using the available bins.
  • Keeping dogs under control for the safety of livestock and others.
  • Respecting farmers at work on the land by leaving gates as you find them.
  • Sticking to paths when walking, running or cycling. This helps us protect the sensitive ecosystems that form the habitats on our sites.
  • Please help guard against wildfires by not bringing BBQ’s and taking care with disguarded cigarettes.

  • You may also want to read about:

    Reservoir safety

    Blue-green algae

    Giant hogweed

    Recreation permits