Entwistle and Wayoh

 

 

The Chetham Arms, Chapeltown always wins high approval ratings whenever the Lancashire Dotcom Walkers visit. The arrangement is that we place our order before we set out for our walk. We then set out exploring the wonderful countryside of the West Pennine Moors – there is plenty of choice with Jumbles Country park a short distance along the valley of the attractive Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs on the doorstep (as described below.) On returning to the pub we change, order our drinks and then when we’re all sitting comfortably in a reserved section our food is brought straight out. Given that there may be 25 or more of us this strikes us as excellent service indeed. In the recent past a book of walks from the Chetham Arms has been published by locals Carl Abbot and Ken Green for the bargain price of £2.00 with proceeds going to the Wildlife Trust. This walk starts nearby at Batridge Barn so the pub is passed on route. I recommend you time your walk to be in Chapeltown for lunch when you can pick up a copy thereby guaranteeing you’ll be back again and again. 

Start: United Utilities Batridge Barn Car park Turton & Entwistle Reservoir. BL7 0NF (Nearby) SD 721 172

 

Fact file:
Distance 7 miles 11k
 

Time: 3 - 4 hours

Summary: Easy
Map: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors

 

 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press

Directions:

1. From the car park drop down to the south corner of the reservoir and the shoreline track. Turn left. You are now on a section of the Witton Weavers Way. With the reservoir on your right follow the track.

 

After 10 minutes the reservoir narrows into a long arm with Fox Hill Plantation on the opposite shore. At the end of the reservoir pass the first wooden bridge

 

but cross the second

 

over a feeder stream and bear right on a track leading into a dense conifer plantation.

 

Keep on this as it leads uphill and then after less than half a mile returns you to the shores of the reservoir at an inlet where an ornamental piece of artwork in the shape of a heron is located.

 

Follow the shores to the dam end of the reservoir. Turn right and cross the dam.

 

Just beyond the end bear left to pass through a lower car park (more astute readers will be aware you are more or less back at the starting point)

 

to pick up a path leading through woodland which after passing under a tall railway viaduct

 

brings you to the shores of Wayoh reservoir.

2. At a junction turn left to cross a causeway with a fine view of the viaduct to your left.

 

Keeping on the main track follow it above the shore at first eastwards

 

and then northwards. When you reach Hob Lane cross it into woodland.

 

In 600yds reach a junction. Turn right. After crossing two footbridges

 

bear right on the main path and soon in sight of water keep ahead to reach the causeway at Hob Lane.

 

Keep ahead over the lane to follow the eastern shore of the main basin of Wayoh Reservoir. To the left pastureland opens up below Isherwood Fold. After passing by a conifer plantation the path climbs through gorse into meadows before dropping down to the dam end of the reservoir.

 

Cross the dam. At the far side continue on the reservoir's service road. This leads first to Embankment Road and then Greens Arms Road on the edge of Chapeltown. Turn left and walk into the village. At the Chetham Arms

 

(after sampling its fare) turn right to follow a track leading downhill to a level crossing over the Blackburn-Bolton railway line.

 

Cross and keeping left of an ultra-modern development take a footpath into pasture. Keeping to the wall on the left

 

climb to arrive at a gate leading onto a broad track. Turn right. Keep on this for the next mile.

 

It offers superb views across the West Pennine Moors. Just before you reach Green Arms Road turn right on a footpath leading through a plantation of trees to cross the road and access moorland through a wooden gate.

 

Follow the path as it leads down to bring you to your starting point.

 

Points of interest.
The reservoirs were built in 1834 as a water supply for the mills and bleach works along Bradshaw Brook further down the valley. Later it was incorporated into the water collection system supplying Bolton. Now they are owned by United Utilities.
The Witton Weavers Way is a recreational path, which in four routes explores the rural and industrial heritage of this part of Lancashire. This section of it is in fact "the Warpers Trail"