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Dove Stones Reservoirs

Dove Stones Reservoirs

Dove Stone is situated in the Peak District National Park, east of Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne on Saddleworth Moor. To the north is Diggle and Uppermill, and the A635 runs to the west of the reservoirs.

In Dove Stone valley there are four reservoirs. Yeoman Hey is the oldest reservoir, constructed in 1880. All the reservoirs supply water to the outskirts of Manchester.
Chew Reservoir, the most southerly , was, at the time of its construction in 1914, the highest reservoir in the British Isles 1600ft above sea level. A tramway was constructed to transport material to the site. Some of the original tramway bed is still visible.

Dove Stone valley is surrounded by bleak moorland and high outcrops of rock giving it a magnificent panoramic view of the southern Pennines. Most of the older woodland is a variety of spruce and pine, but more recently several broad leaf species have been included in the plantations to help provide a habitat for a larger range of wildlife.

Opening times
Open every day of the year - call for more information.

Site facilities
The recreation site facilities available at the Dove Stone reservoirs include:
picnic area
dogs allowed - if kept under control
wheelchair friendly
pay and display car parking

For more information contact...
Recreation site - Dove Stone
Longdendale Office
Woodhead Road
SK13 1HS
01457 864 187
01457 864 158

Specific information if you are less active, disabled or have young children:-
The car park and toilet block below the reservoir dam are managed by Oldham
Metropolitan Borough Council. Between 8:00am and 8:00pm everyday this is pay and display, free to blue badge holders. There are reserved parking spaces and the sloping car park (gradients up to 1:6 on the car park, 1:10 on the road) is tarmac.

There is a toilet suitable for disabled people for which a RADAR key is needed. Information boards and a leaflet dispenser are located at the toilets up a 180mm step; leaflets are available which give details of walks in the area, including an easy going trail which might be suitable for wheelchair users.

This is a full circuit of Dovestone Reservoir, about 2.5 miles. Although a mostly level route there are several steepish sections which might require assistance. The path is surfaced in a mixture of finishes, mostly crushed stone but with tarmac on the steeper sections.

Due to the gradients, it is best to tackle the route in an anti-clockwise direction, i.e. setting off from the car park and up the road past the sailing club, returning via the path across the dam.

At the south-eastern corner after crossing Chew Brook there is about 100m of gentle uphill (1:10 to 1:12) with a steeper tarmac section (50m) on the bends at the bottom with gradients more than 1:6.

After crossing Yeoman Hay Reservoir dam there is a 50m tarmac ramp down with gradients typically 1:8 but with the steepest section more than 1:6, followed by a 40m stone surfaced ramp up with a maximum gradient of 1:7.

Approaching Dovestone Reservoir dam there is 15m ramp down with a gradient steeper than 1:6 (handrail provided) for a short distance followed by a 100mm ramped step down at a gate across the new concrete outflow from the reservoir.

A number of picnic tables are provided on level grass at Ashway Gap, about halfway round the circuit of Dovestone Reservoir.

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