Haslingden Grane

The Grane Valley has an intriguing atmosphere amongst the many ruined farmsteads, which were abandoned when the reservoirs were built to supply drinking water to the growing industrial towns.

Today, the picturesque reservoirs of Calf Hey, Ogden and Holden Wood and the surrounding moorland offer visitors excellent walking routes. The area also plays host to a varied array of wildlife and unique habitats, with fascinating bird life present all year round.

If its history you like then the ruins of Harley House and the ‘The Whiskey Spinners’ farmsteads, where occupants earned their living through illegally distilling whiskey for 150 years, provide further interest in this fascinating valley.

Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Information

Calf Hey Rd, Rossendale, BB4 4AU.

Tel: 01706 221 195.

  8:00am-5:30pm.  

Clough Head car park: 8:00am-6:00pm (April-October), and 8:00am-5:00pm (November-March)

Calf Hey car park: 8:00am-5:30pm (April-October), and 8:00am-5:30pm (November-March).

Charges of £1 for first 2hrs or £1.50 for over 2hrs apply.

 

Visit the Clough Head Visitor Centre to find out more about the local landscape, its heritage, and wildlife. There is also a brief introduction to the local and natural history of the Grane Valley.

             
Toilets   Birdwatching   Cafe   Picnic Area
Toilets available at the Clough Head car park and Calf Hey car park.   Bird hide available, with disabled access.   Clough Head café: 10:00am-4:30pm, every day.   Picnic area located close to both car parks.
             
Walking            
Accessible circular walk around Calf Hey reservoir.
Longer, more challenging walks take in the whole valley.
           

 

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