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.StrinesdaleIn 1991, the reservoirs were drained and replaced by two smaller lakes with the old reservoirs being planted with trees and grassland. It's now a great place to walk with all the family with two easy walks around the lakes. There’s loads of wildlife too with Herons and Kestrels for bird lovers and  Strinesdale got its name from the Old English 'Strine', meaning boundary, as the old Lancashire/ Yorkshire boundary ran through the middle of the site. 

Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Public Transport

The Old Waterworks, Holgate Street, Waterhead, Oldham, Greater Manchester OL4 2JW. 

Tel: 01706 881 049.

  Open all day, every day.   Free car park.  

A bus from Oldham (No. 81A) to Holt, disembark at Bulls Head and walk up the hill, across the A62 and turn up Culvert Street around the Waterhead academy and right up Holgate Street. 

Walking   Birdwatching   Fishing   Picnic Area

Two routes available:

Green route – around the lower lake – easy.

Blue route – around both lakes - easy.

  Nature area around the upper lake.   Coarse fishing (tickets available on the bank from Medlock Valley Angler’s Club).    Picnic area located near car park.
Other Activities            

Orienteering - course information from Greater Manchester Orienteering Activities (GMOA) website. 




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