Watergrove is not short of things to do. With spectacular views high in the Pennines above Wardle village and a variety of footpaths to choose from, Watergrove is cherished by locals, outdoor enthusiasts and nature and wildlife lovers!

Activities and site information

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Bird watching


Walking routes





Key access to the bird hide only available by contacting 01706 881 049.

There are multiple circular walks around the catchment.

See our map for more details.

The West Pennine Windsurfing club has lots of activities on offer, from windsurfing and paddle boarding, to kayaking and canoeing.

Mary Towneley Loop -
part of the Pennine Bridleway.

See map for more details.


For more information on reservoir safety, rules and guidance, click the buttons below.

Reservoir safety

Rules and reservoir guidance

If you have any general enquiries, please speak to our friendly team on 0345 672 3723.

You may also want to read about:

Blue-green algae

Giant hogweed

Recreation permits

Watergrove Reservoir map