Watergrove reservoir

Watergrove reservoir was built in the 1930s by the Rochdale Corporation due to a prolonged drought, and to provide work for the unemployed, it cost £750,000 to build and came into drinking water supply in 1938. The original Water Treatment Works was built below the dam and is now a private residence.

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How to find us... 01706 881049

  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Dog Walking
  • Cafe
  • Disabled Access
  • View Point

Watergrove reservoir is situated to the north of the village of Wardle, Rochdale. The site is signposted from the A58 Halifax Road. Wardle is situated between Rochdale and Littleborough.

Opening times: all day, every day

Watergrove directions map

Reservoir safety

Reservoir safety

Every year, people are injured or die while swimming in reservoirs. Stay safe, stay out.

The Globe Inn

The Globe Inn

Local country pub with high quality cask beers and excellent pub grub is nearby.

What's nearby

  • The Long Causeway

    The Long Causeway, is an old packhorse route, which leads over to Ramsden Clough Reservoir branches off at the northerly end of the valley.

  • Pennine Bridleway National Trail

    The Pennine Bridleway National Trail (Mary Towneley Loop) passes through Watergrove.

Did you know?

  • In days gone by, there were over 40 farmsteads around the valley and parts of these structures and their foundations can still be seen and explored.
  • From c1430 to 1823, most of the land within the valley was owned by the Byron Family, who were Lords of the Rochdale Manor. In 1823 the sixth Lord Byron (the poet) sold the land to John Dearden.
  • Mesolithic Flint and Neolithic Stone Axes have been found around Hades Hill and Crook Moor.
  • In 1898, a Bronze Age Barrow was discovered on Hades Hill and inside was the burnt bones though to be from a woman, remains of a two-tier urn and a jasper flint decorated with a sign of a sun and moon.
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