Greenbooth and Naden Valley

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.GreenboothSituated near Rochdale, four reservoirs make up this site. Naden Higher, Naden Middle, Naden Lower and Greenbooth reservoir. The Naden reservoirs, constructed in the mid-19th century preceeded the Greenbooth reservoir, with construction staring in 1958, submerging Greenbooth village in the process. A plaque on the dam wall commemorates the village.

The site offers spectacular views of Manchester, Yorkshire and the surrounding moorland and is a great escape all year round, providing a fantastic opportunity for bird watchers with spots including Egrets and Pallid Swift.

Offering a variety of walks, there is something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned hiker or looking for a couple of hours of fresh air with the kids.

Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Public Transport

Greenbooth reservoir,
Woodhouse Lane,
OL12 7TB.

Tel: 01706 221 195.

  Open all day, every day.  

Greenbooth reservoir car park, Rochdale, OL12 7TL.

Free of charge. 

  Bus route 443 from Rochdale takes you to Norden, south of the reservoir. The it's a 30 minute walk from here to the site.
Walking   Horse Riding   Birdwatching    

Two waymarked routes.

There are routes around all four reservoirs with access to extended hiking routes across Rooley Moor.


Concessionary bridleway from Woodhouse Lane across crest wall of Naden Middle reservoir and over the hill to Rainshaw Mill.

Concessionary key required to access the route, please contact Rochdale and Bury Bridleway Association for details click here

  Rare sightings include pallid Swift, Egrets and Shrikes.    


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