Absolute belter of a walk around 3 reservoirs with views from the top of Saddleworth moor, climbing down a cascading waterfall, all utterly stunning.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D)The walk starts at the car park on Bank Lane, beside Dove Stone reservoir. Follow the path east of the car park and climb the path to the top of the hill. Its quite a long slow climb on a tarmac surface.
(1)When you reach Chew Reservoir at the top take the lefthand path and come back on yourself so that you are walking around the cliff edges. This is moorland ground and is soft and can be muddy, but persevere as you will eventually find a path that follows the cliff edge northwards for at least 3 miles toward Middle Edge Moss. On your left you will see views and more.
(2)Eventually you wind down, still on the same path and the ground becomes very wet and slippery with rocks and mud cascading. You can see down to your left where you will end up as you traverse down the path until you reach a stream which you must find a way to cross, which is fun. Then as you cross it becomes a steeper more of a scramble down the stream which turns into a waterfall all the time on the left of you.
(3)Once down to the bottom you are on flat ground again, with a meandering walk around the north of Greenfield Reservoir and the west of Yeoman Hey Reservoir. To finish, cross over the dam and carry back along the east side of Dove Stone Reservoir to where you started.(A)
D : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Bank Lane car park
1 : km 3.17 - alt. km 3.17 - End of climb
2 : km 9.19 - alt. km 9.19 - Stream crossing
3 : km 11.68 - alt. km 11.68 - Walk back around reservoir
A : km 14.94 - alt. km 14.94 - Bank Lane car park
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