Piethorne Valley

COVID 19 update

Our recreation site, car parks and toilets will remain open.

Please follow Government guidelines and observe social distancing where necessary, to ensure the safety of yourself, other visitors and our staff.

Please follow the countryside code and make sure your visit is safe and responsible.

PiethornePiethorne is a great location for family walks around the reservoirs. With three routes to choose from there is beautiful scenery and wildlife to see.

Bluebell Wood Nature Reserve provides a spectacular display during the spring and a riot of colour in the autumn. Look out for the ruins of Rag Hole Farm around Ogden reservoir and the Rooden reservoir, the deepest of them all, on the longer route.  

Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Public Transport

Waterworks Road, Newhey, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL16 3TQ. 

Tel: 01706 881 049.

  Open all day, every day.  

Small car park available at Ogden reservoir – free parking. 

Interpretation board in car park.

  The 451 bus from Newhey Terminus (Stop F) to Peppermint Bridge stops at Piethorne Valley car park. 
Toilets   Horse Riding   Fishing   Walking

Toilets are open between: 9am - 4pm

  National trail – Pennine Bridleway. Key access required for concessionary bridleways members on horseback, please ring to enquire.   Fly fishing at Piethorne and Kitcliffe reservoirs, day tickets required from Oldham fly fishing club, and coarse fishing on Ogden reservoir, day tickets from Saddleworth Angling Society.  

Three routes available with self guided walks (leaflets available from Hollingworth Lake Visitors centre).

Route 1 – around Odgen – easy walking.

Route 2 – around Kitcliffe and Piethorne reservoirs – moderate.

Route 3 – Wickenhall Farm and Hanging Lees – hard walking.


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