Watergrove reservoir

Watergrove has spectacular views over Rochdale and towards Oldham which are best seen from the many footpaths that link into the national trail.

The mixture of moorland, woodland, cloughs and water habitats mean that Watergrove is a nature spotters dream with wildfowl and raptors present and terrestrial wildlife common too in the Higher Slack Brook Nature Reserve on the reservoir inlet.

The reservoir was built in the 1930’s and a number of artefacts from the submerged village of Watergrove can still be seen set into the reservoir embankment. The ruins of former farmhouses can still be seen higher up on the catchment.



Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Public Transport

Wardle, Rochdale, OL12 9NJ.

Tel: 01706 881 049.

  Open all day, every day.  

Free car park at the base of reservoir.

There is a separate disabled car park - accessed with a key, which is available by contacting the number listed.

  The 456 Lakeline bus drops off at Chapel, then it's a 10 minute walk to the south of the reservoir.
Toilets   Walking   Birdwatching   Sailing
The toilets are closed until further notice.   National Trails – Mary Townley Loop and Pennine Bridleway.   Bird hide – key access only.   Windsurfing and canoeing – contact West Pennine Windsurfing Club.
Horse Riding            
National Trails – Mary Townley Loop and Pennine Bridleway.            


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.

You may also want to read about:

Reservoir safety

Blue-green algae

Giant hogweed

Recreation permits