Wayoh Reservoir Walk

Wayoh Reservoir is a reservoir near Edgworth in Lancashire. A circular path runs around the reservoir and is approximately 3 miles long.

4k video of a walk around Wayoh Reservoir

The walk is easy but the path is stony in places. It can also get muddy after rain. The path around nearby Turton and Entwistle Reservoir is flatter and better maintained.

The walk starts at the Strawbury Duck/Entwistle Train Station (postcode BL7 OLU). From here walk down Entwistle Hall Lane and after 20 yards take the footpath on the left.

Entwistle Hall Lane
Entwistle Hall Lane
Gate on Entwistle Hall Lane
Gate on Entwistle Hall Lane

Follow the path down to the woods.

Path to woods
Path to woods

Cross the footbridge over Whittlestone Head Brook.

Footbridge over Whittlestone Head Brook, Edgworth
Footbridge over Whittlestone Head Brook

The walk continues following a path running along Broadhead Brook.

Broadhead Brook
Broadhead Brook

The path then follows the eastern side of the reservoir. It’s heavily wooded so it’s not possible to see the water from here.

Continuing south, there’s a bench where you can rest.

Bench on walk around Wayoh Reservoir
Bench

The path then crosses Wheatsheaf Brook, a stream flowing into the eastern side of the reservoir.

Wheatsheaf Brook
Wheatsheaf Brook

Heading south leads to Crow Trees Lane. This is the first spot on the walk offering a decent view of the reservoir.

Crow Trees Lane, Edgworth
Crow Trees Lane

It would also be possible to start the walk here. There’s limited parking on the verge. Crow Trees Lane leads to Hob Lane and Blackburn Road in Edgworth.

View of Wayoh Reservoir from Crow Trees Lane
View of Wayoh Reservoir from Crow Trees Lane

The path down the eastern side of the reservoir offers a view of houses on Blackburn Road.

Houses on Blackburn Road, Edgworth
Houses on Blackburn Road

The path can get muddy if it has been raining.

Muddy area of path on eastern side of reservoir
Muddy area of path on eastern side of reservoir

The route is generally flat but is hilly in places.

Steps on the path
Steps on the path

The path becomes more open just before reaching the southern end of the reservoir.

Open fields in Edgworth
Open fields

The path then runs along the hillside and offers a view of the dam at the southern end.

Dam on Wayoh Reservoir
View of the dam

Wayoh Water Treatment Works can also be seen.

Dam and Wayoh Water Treatment Works
Dam and Wayoh Water Treatment Works

Walk west along the embankment.

Embankment
Embankment

From the embankment there’s a great view of Wayoh Water Treatment Works.

View of Wayoh Water Treatment Works from embankment
View of Wayoh Water Treatment Works from embankment
Overflow at Wayoh Reservoir
Overflow

At the end of the embankment, turn right through the gate and head back into the woods.

Gate to woods
Gate to woods

The path is heavily wooded here with limited water views.

Path on western side of reservoir
Path on western side of reservoir

The path then crosses the reservoir.

Causeway
Causeway

From the causeway there’s a great view of the Armsgrove Viaduct.

Armsgrove Viaduct
Armsgrove Viaduct

Continuing along the western shore, the path offers better views of the water in places.

Western shore
Western shore

Go through the gate and cross Crow Trees Lane.

Crow Trees Lane
Crow Trees Lane

Carry on along the path and then turn left here to return to Entwistle Hall Lane and the start point (Entwistle Train Station/Strawbury Duck).

Turn left here to return to Entwistle Hall Lane
Turn left here to return to Entwistle Hall Lane

Route Map

Map showing location of Wayoh Reservoir Walk

Walk Information

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.1 miles

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