Turton and Entwistle Reservoir

Turton and Entwistle Reservoir is a reservoir near Edgworth. It lies within the boundaries of Blackburn with Darwen, but is closer to Bolton than Blackburn.

Video of a walk around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir

It is owned and managed by United Utilities and, together with nearby Wayoh Reservoir, supplies around half of Bolton’s drinking water needs. It is also a popular spot for walkers, cyclists, and picnics.

Footbridge on the southern shore of Turton and Entwistle Reservoir
Footbridge on the southern shore

The Turton and Entwistle Trail is a circuit around the reservoir. The path is flat, hard, and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Cyclists in the woods near Entwistle Reservoir

There are a handful of picnic areas with wooden tables and benches around the reservoir. On the northern shore there’s a galvanised steel sculpture of a heron by UK-based Dutch artist Marjan Wouda.

View from the western end of Turton and Entwistle Reservoir
View from the western end
The Wader sculpture  by Marjan Wouda
The Wader by Marjan Wouda

The Entwistle Dam lies at the eastern end of the reservoir. When it was built in 1832 it was first in the UK to exceed a height of 100 feet.

Entwistle Dam
Entwistle Dam

There’s a car park at the south-eastern corner of the reservoir on Batridge Road. It’s a pay-and-display car park but at the time of our last visit the ticket machine wasn’t working. According to a regular visitor it had been broken for years.

The Strawbury Duck pub and Entwistle Train Station lie just to the north of the reservoir.

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Turton and Entwistle Reservoir include:

  • Wayoh Reservoir (0.5 miles) - Reservoir near Edgworth. Built in 1876 to supply water to Bolton.

Nearby Train Stations

Train stations near Turton and Entwistle Reservoir include:

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Map showing location of Turton and Entwistle Reservoir.

Map showing location of Turton and Entwistle Reservoir


Turton and Entwistle Reservoir

Batridge Road
United Kingdom

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. Visited Entwistle and Wayoh yesterday what a lovely place. Unfortunately it was spoilt by irresponsible dog owners who have not cleaned up after their dogs. Unbelievable and not nice for other visitors. Perhaps some dog bins placed around the lakes might encourage them as only one bin was evident which was over flowing with rubbish.


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