Dove Stone reservoir

COVID 19 update

Our recreation site car park and toilets will remain open, following Government guidance. We will continue to monitor this.

Please follow social distancing guidelines, stick to the footpath, and keep a 2 metre distance to ensure the safety of yourself, other visitors and our staff.

Please only visit our recreation sites if you are local to the area.

Please only visit with your household, your bubble, or to meet one other person.

Please act responsibly, stay local and stay safe.Dove StoneDove Stone reservoir lies east of Oldham and north east of Ashton-under-Lyne. It is situated in the Peak District National Park and is surrounded by moorland, outcrops and a panoramic view of the southern pennines.  Dove Stone reservoir was constructed in 1967. It sits beneath Greenfield and Yeoman Hey reservoirs, which were constructed in the late 19th century.

During World War 1 the Waterworks Board offered the house for use as a hospital. For the more adventurous there are activities such as sailing and orienteering. For those that are after a more leisurely experience, there are easy, flat paths around the three reservoirs, all offering up stunning views of the water and surrounding moorland.  Wildlife lovers might be lucky enough to spot mountain hares and birds such as Curlew and Peregrine.

Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Public Transport

Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7NE.

Tel: 01925 463 065.

  Open all day, every day.  

Bin Green car park, Holmfirth Road, Oldham, OL3 7NN.

Toilets located at car park.

  180 from Oldham Road train station to the Clarence Hotel in Greenfield. Then a 20 minute walk to the reservoir.
Sailing   Other Activities   Birdwatching   Walking
Dovestone Sailing Club operates from the southern end of the reservoir. For further details see   Orienteering course available, see   Dove Stone is an RSPB reserve with many birds, from Curlew and Plover to Grouse and Peregrine.  

An easy circular route around the reservoir is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Radar key required for disabled access gates. 

An extended walk around neighbouring Yeoman Hey and Greenfield reservoirs, with longer trails through the surrounding moors and onto Dovestone Moss.

See Oldham Council’s walking route around the reservoirs 


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