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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Length: 3 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
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