top of page


This walk explores the Piethorne Valley. Just to the east of Newhey, Rochdale, the six reservoirs in the Piethorne Valley are surrounded by lovely open moorland. Unlike the other walks in the Reservoir Trails series, this route also has an audio trail version

                                                                                                                   AUDIO WEBSITE DOWNLOAD

Reservoir and Moors walk


PARKING-Car park Newhey, Rochdale OL26 3TQ

MILES- 7 miles but shorter walks available

FACILITIES- Toilets, cafe/pub nearby

TERRAIN-Some Moorland walking, maintained paths and some muddy sections

Various walks from Easy to Medium in difficulty

This is a fantastic walk with trails suitable for everyone, the main audio trail is 3.5 miles although it seems more like 5 miles, with various paths off the main route to explore, which is what we did to add in the other reservoirs.

The walk starts at Ogden reservoir on a good path then passes 

Kitcliffe reservoir, we took a path over the stile on the right hand side before  Piethorne Reservoir and followed the path past Hanging lees reservoir and up to Rooden reservoir, where the kids loved sledging down the hill, in fact it is the best area we have sledged.

From here we followed the path down towards Piethorne reservoir and stopped near the waterfall for a snack.

We followed the Rochdale way past Norman Hill reservoir

and Rag hole farm ruins.

This was a great path but we did use the Map to find the trail down through the farmers field to Ogden Reservoir making it a nice circular and coming up at 7.5 miles with  1555ft ascent.

You can just walk the length of the reservoirs and return the same way if you have a all terrain pram this would be suitable.


bottom of page