Hike # 9 : Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs

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This is one of the nicest and most diversified walks we have completed during my 9 weeks off work. It was also one of the first being in early July before the UK weather turned to crap again in August.


I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do the write up and it seems an age ago when we were walking this one.


This is the walk that we took: - https://www.ifootpath.com/display-ifootpath-walk?walkID=6280, and at around 5.30am in the morning, though you wouldn’t know it looking at the photographs.

On arriving, the car park was deserted. This is not surprising considering the time of day, and the fact that it was Monday morning.


A great sight for sleepy eyes was the car park parking meter was taped up and obviously out of use. The guide mentioned a fee of £1.50 but zero is much more preferable. Paying to park is one of my pet hates.


Isn’t the air just great so early? We walked around the side of this reservoir with the sun shining and warm and it was lovely. I still have thoughts and memories of this one 2 months later.



After a steep climb and through a field we got to this stone track which seemed to go on for a couple of miles. The insects were buzzing and annoying as usual.



We passed a sheep shearing station of sorts. They seemed to have left a lot of wool behind and couple of full fleeces.


This hike was quite diverse in what we saw along the way and the stone road did eventually end and via a field we crossed a level crossing and made our way into a village.

It was ever so quiet, and even the forthcoming commuters seemed to be still in their beds.


The old schoolhouse is dated around 1700 but looks like its lived in now by a regular family, probably a wealthy one looking at the size of it.


Making our way through the village we entered the grounds of Wayoh reservoir and took the footpath which wound its way around the outside of it.


I didn’t even know about this viaduct that trains still use to cross the reservoir. The water level was very low due to the hot summer we were having.

They say it’s been the best since the legendary 1976 one. I’m not so sure, but it was quite long and hot.


We came back several weeks later to walk this one again. The first picture is the one from early July, and the next one a much gloomier day on our second visit.


Notice the water level has gone down quite dramatically on the second shot.

The levels of water have now recovered in the UK but a hosepipe ban was imminent at one stage.


The scenery once again changed to woodland, at parts quite hilly. After this bridge we almost got lost and nearly took a wrong turn.

The guide was quite specific about taking a very minor path and we made it out of the woods without incident.


Another small village had a pub named ‘Strawberry Duck’. If nothing else, it’s original! Heading out of the village and down a hill brought us back to the original reservoir and the car park. It was still deserted several hours later.


This one is four and a half miles, and a really nice jaunt if the weather is good. We have already walked it twice and being relatively close to home, will likely visit again.

I have special memories of this walk. Being the first one we did, on the first week of my long break and the weather being spectacular means I will never forget it and that it holds a special place in my memory.



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Lovely photos, especially the reservoir ones, and that viaduct! I've also got a few summer walks still to post - really special ones too. It all seemed to go past so quickly this year!


It all seemed to go past so quickly this year!

Yeah tell me about, the crappy weather is back with a vengeance. Still it's good to be at work when its pissing down outside.


Yes there's always a bright side :)

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Damn, what a beautiful area, the picture with the stone viaduct was the best one, together with the one of The Strawberry Duck.

Definitely like it better with the blue skies!

1976 was a pretty legendary year :) Nice pictures from the hike. That viaduct is awesome looking. I wonder how old it actually is. Thanks for sharing this post. I was going to comment that it is nice you can still get out and do this now that you started working again, but then I saw it was from earlier in the summer. Things have gotten close to normal here temperature wise, so I hope they are evening out there too!


Yes, it seems like an age ago I was walking this one... got a few stories lined up and waiting to be written up.

Love the early morning pictures - can almost feel it - and the picture of the viaduct over the reservoir is amazing. Such a diverse walk with the reservoirs, villages and woodland, looks really pleasant. I haven't been to any of our local reservoirs over the summer. I wonder how they fared. Several are wild life and bird sanctuaries.

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Man, your "walk" posts are always a present for the eyes.


Thanks Eddie, I thought this one didn't hold much for the eyes to be honest. It holds more memories than all of the others though.

I love the viaduct picture with the reflection in the water! That is a beautiful sight!

Wow, what a great place to visit and explore!
YOu got some lovely photos too!

Crazy how much the waterlevels went down!!! It was so nice and wrinkly in the beginning. ...totally understandable though, this summer has been crazy hot and taking its toll on a lot of nature.

Love the sheepwool everywhere!


The summer had gone on the second shot (around 5 weeks later). In fact we were dodging the rain, but there was still a severe drought. It's fully recovered now, though we haven't been back there in some time now.

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