Turton and Entwistle Trail

It was a beautiful sunny day in April so my daughter and I decided to take a walk around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir at Edgworth, near Bolton.

Video of a walk around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir

We parked at the car park on Batridge Road. The Turton and Entwistle Trail begins here and is an easy circular walk around the reservoir. The path is flat, in good condition, and would be suitable for cyclists, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Car park on Batridge Road at Turton and Entwistle Reservoir
Car park on Batridge Road
Start of the walk around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir at the gate opposite the car park entrance
Start of the walk at the gate opposite the car park entrance

We took an anti-clockwise path around the water. Although it was a warm day, the southern bank was in the shade and a little on the chilly side.

Looking over to the northern shore of Entwistle Reservoir
Looking over to the northern shore

After around a mile we reached the western tip of the reservoir. A small footbridge here took us over to the warmer northern shore. We stopped at a grassy area and admired the view of the water from the bench.

Footbridge - Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, Edgworth
Footbridge at the western end of the reservoir

The path on the northern shore led us to another open spot. There were more benches here and a few families picnicking. Just off the shoreline there’s a steel sculpture of a heron waiting patiently for its prey.

Sculpture of heron by Marjan Wouda at Turton and Entwistle Reservoir
Grassy area and sculpture

From here the trail leads through woodland before returning to the northern shore.

On reaching the eastern end of the reservoir, we walked up Overshores Road for a quick drink in the Strawbury Duck pub. Half a pint of premium lager cost the best part of a fiver so we decided not to stay for lunch and headed back to the car via the Entwistle Dam.

Cottages on Overshores Road on the way to the Strawbury Duck
Cottages on Overshores Road on the way to the Strawbury Duck
Beer garden at the Strawbury Duck pub, Edgworth
Beer garden at the Strawbury Duck
Entwistle Dam
Entwistle Dam

On reaching the car park I noticed that it was a pay-and-display car park. I didn’t see the machine when I parked the car and was a little worried that there would be a parking ticket on the car. My fears were quickly put to rest when a regular visitor informed me that the machine had been broken ‘for years’.

We began our walk at the Batridge Road car park but it would also be possible to start at the Strawbury Duck. In addition to the pub car park, there’s roadside parking in the immediate vicinity.

You could travel here by train and alight at Entwistle Train Station. Bear in mind that the station is a request stop.

Route Map

Map showing location of Turton and Entwistle Trail

Starting Point

Batridge Road

Latitude: 53.65067
Longitude: -2.42179

Walk Information

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3 miles
Time: 1.5 hours

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Comments and Additional Information

  1. had a look at this place today 21/6/2020 because i read its wheelchair friendly but im sorry to say although the path is nice and flat but the there is no way to get through the steel swing gate at the start because of erosion to the path i would go as far as saying its very dangerous
    if any one knows how to contact the rangers could you point out this problem please


  2. Lovely walk with dog, but why have dog bins been removed. Poo bags now left lying around.

  3. It’s the Strawburyduck! (Not Strawberry)
    We had lunch there yesterday. A good place for a meal. And the beer prices although on the high side are not bad. I pint is under £4

  4. I did this route yesturday with my running buddy. She has done it before and told me i would enjoy it. It was beautiful and the fact it was a hot day made it even better and more beautiful. We also ran Wayoh Resevoir which is next to it. Covered 4 miles and would do it all again.

  5. We walked around the reservoir in March on a dull day. The reflections of the other side in the water were fantastic and our 3 children had a great time exploring. The path gets very wet and muddy so wellies or walking boots would have been good. There are quite a lot of benches and a few picnic tables round the edge. Popular place for dog walkers!


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