Anglezarke Walk

Anglezarke is the biggest of the reservoirs in Lancashire’s Lake District. The series of reservoirs were built by Liverpool Corporation in the mid-19th century to supply drinking water to Liverpool.

4K video of a walk around Anglezarke

Footpaths are on all sides of the reservoir. This walk follows a circular route and starts at the main Anglezarke car park. It is located at the junction of Moor Road and Knowsley Lane at the southern end of the reservoir (postcode PR6 9DQ).

Anglezarke car park
Anglezarke car park

The walk isn’t difficult but is stony in places. Several areas can get muddy after rain. The route is fairly easy to follow but we’d strongly recommend downloading the GPX file (link at the end of this page). This can be uploaded into a navigation app such as ViewRanger.

From the car park go through the gate into the woods. The path here leads down to the eastern shore of the reservoir. This area was once a busy quarrying site. It is now woodland and a haven for wildlife.

Gate into woods at Anglezarke car park
Gate into woods at Anglezarke car park
Path down to eastern shore of Anglezarke Reservoir
Path down to eastern shore

The path on the eastern shore is wide, flat, and has a great surface. There are great views of the water in places.

Path along eastern shore of Anglezarke
Path along eastern shore

The path leads up to High Bullough Reservoir. This was built prior to the other reservoirs around Rivington. It was completed in 1850 and supplied water to Chorley. It was originally called Chorley Reservoir. After the other reservoirs were completed it was taken over by Liverpool Corporation.

High Bullough Reservoir
High Bullough Reservoir

From High Bullough Reservoir, the path leads into Spen Wood.

Path from High Bullough Reservoir to Spen Wood

At the end of the woodland, go through the gate. The path leads through a sheep field (Siddow Fold Farm). There are great views of the reservoir from here.

Gate from Spen Wood to Siddow Fold Farm
Gate from Spen Wood to Siddow Fold Farm
Siddow Fold Farm
Siddow Fold Farm
Path leading into Gorsyfield Wood
Path leading into Gorsyfield Wood

The path then goes back into woodland (Gorsyfield Wood and Joan Meadow Wood).

Gorsyfield Wood
Gorsyfield Wood

At the end of Joan Meadow Wood, go through the gate and turn left down Moor Road.

 Gate at end of Joan Meadow Wood
Gate at end of Joan Meadow Wood

Moor Road then crosses The Goit. This 4-mile channel links Anglezarke to the reservoirs near Abbey Village (Rake Brook, Lower Roddlesworth, and Upper Roddlesworth).

Bridge over The Goit on Moor Road
Bridge over The Goit on Moor Road

Heapey Waterman’s Cottage is on the left.

Heapey Waterman’s Cottage
Heapey Waterman’s Cottage

Moor Road then veers west over the Heapey Embankment at the northernmost tip of the reservoir. This was one of three embankments built by Liverpool Corporation to contain the waters.

View of Anglezarke from the Heapey Embankment
View of Anglezarke from the Heapey Embankment

At the end of the Heapey Embankment go through the gate into Grey Heights Wood. There are two paths here. The lower path runs alongside the water’s edge. The upper path ascends into the woods. Take the upper path.

Gate into Grey Heights Wood
Gate into Grey Heights Wood
Take the upper path through Grey Heights Wood
Take the upper path through Grey Heights Wood
Muddy path
Path can be muddy in places

The path eventually reaches a sheep field. Cross it to reach Heapey Fold Lane and then head south. There’s farmland to the right and left, with views of the water on the left.

Gate into sheep field
Gate into sheep field
Sheep field
Sheep field
Heapey Fold Lane
Heapey Fold Lane

Heapey Fold Lane then veers west. Carry straight on ahead along the footpath.

Footpath from Heapey Fold Lane
Go straight on along footpath

The footpath leads to Kays Farm.

Kays Farm, Anglezarke
Kays Farm

Go down the driveway of Kays Farm. At the end turn left onto Back Lane.

Driveway of Kays Farm
Driveway of Kays Farm
Back Lane
Back Lane

On the right there’s a small settlement with buildings such as Wareings Farm. The Charnock Embankment is on the left. This was another embankment built by Liverpool Corporation to contain the waters of the reservoir.

Wareings Farm
Wareings Farm
Charnock Embankment
Charnock Embankment

Near the end of the embankment, go through the gate.

Gate at end of Charnock Embankment
Gate at end of Charnock Embankment

The path then runs along a hillside on the western side of the reservoir.

Path along western side of Anglezarke reservoir
Path along western side of reservoir

Eventually the path reaches Knowsley Lane. Turn left. Knowsley Lane crosses the Knowsley Embankment; the structure separating Anglezarke from Upper Rivington Reservoir.

View of house on Knowsley Lane, Rivington
View of house on Knowsley Lane
Knowsley Lane, Rivington
Knowsley Lane

Knowsley Lane then heads north, following the eastern shore of Anglezarke. Bradley Wood is on the right. Look over the wall to see the overflow from Yarrow Reservoir.

Overflow from Yarrow Reservoir, Rivington
Overflow from Yarrow Reservoir

Continue along Knowsley Lane until the junction with Moor Road. The main car park and start point of the walk is here.

Route Map

Map showing location of Anglezarke Walk

Walk Information

Difficulty: Medium
Length: 4.1 miles

GPS Route Map - GPX File

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