Roddlesworth Reservoir and Woodland Walk

Roddlesworth Reservoir and Woodland Walk / 3.99miles/ 78m elevation change/ Easy Hike/ Dog Friendly/ Family Friendly/ Not pushchair accessible.

Start Location Postcode PR6 8DP (free parking is available on Dole Lane opposite the Hare and Hounds Pub).


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Welcome to this peaceful countryside walk where you can take in the relaxing sound of flowing water, as well as the peaceful sights and sounds of Roddlesworth wood.

The walk starts from the car park of the Hare and Hounds Pub in Abbey Village. You will be glad to know that it ends here too so you can treat yourself to a refreshing pint at the end of your countryside stroll.

Leave the car park to the south east, pass through the gate and head down the road leading towards Rake Brook Reservoir. At this point, you are passing onto united utilities property and it is advised here that dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Once through the gate, continue to walk along the road, keeping the reservoir on your right hand side until you reach the house at the end of the reservoir. At this point there is a path leading off the road to the left in front of the house, follow this path.

At the end of the path, you will find yourself back on a road. Cross the road and head over the footbridge crossing the reservoir overflow channel.

Follow the path as it heads up alongside the overflow channel until you reach the Lower Roddlesworth Reservoir in front of you and a T junction in the path.

Follow the path to the left as it goes over the top of the dam. The path will eventually head into woodland and curve around to the right, following the banks of the reservoir. Here you can take in the sights and sounds of the peaceful woodland.

Continue to follow the path as it ascends upwards. This is the toughest climb you will have today so no need to rush.

Just after you reach the summit of the ascent, you will reach a fork in the path. Take the path to your right heading back down towards the banks of the reservoir.

Continue on this path until you reach the dam at the face of Upper Roddlesworth Reservoir. At this point, you should see a gate on your left taking you along the banks of the reservoir. Pass through the gate, to your left, and follow the path.

Continue along the path, taking in the beautiful views across the reservoir until it starts to ascend away to the left. Continue to follow it and you will reach a junction with another path.

Take the path to the right, cross the small bridge, and continue to follow the path as it follows the banks of the reservoir.

The path will start to ascend away from the reservoir to the left. Continue to follow it as it does so. As you are ascending, you will notice two paths splitting off from the main path, one on the right first, then one on the left. Ignore both of these and continue to follow the main footpath as it continues away from the reservoir, through the woodland.

Continue to follow this footpath for 0.6 miles, ignoring the smaller paths that split off After 0.6 miles, you will reach a gate crossing the path just before a bridge on the right. Pass through the gate and turn right straight away, crossing the bridge.

Straight after the bridge you will notice a rusty gate on your right, heading down to the banks of the stream. Pass through this gate and follow the stream as it winds its way down towards the reservoirs..

Straight after the bridge you will notice a rusty gate on your right, heading down to the banks of the stream. Pass through this gate and follow the stream as it winds its way down towards the reservoirs.

Continue along this path, taking in the waterfalls and the peaceful sounds of flowing water, until you reach a small bridge crossing a stream. Cross the bridge and ascend the steps, taking you up to a gate.

Pass through the gate and walk to the junction with the bridleway. Follow the bridleway to the right and continue along it for 0.3 miles until it comes to a halt and there is a fork in the road. Take the footpath to your right, heading back into the woodland towards the banks of the reservoir.

Follow this path, as it gradually makes its way back down to the banks of the Upper Roddlesworth Reservoir. At this point you will see a gate in front of you taking you onto a small single track road. Pass through this gate.

Follow the single track road until you get to a small car park on your right for the angling club. If you look to your right here, you will notice a gap in the fence to the rear of the car park. Pass through this gap and follow the path as it descends into the woodland.

Continue to follow the path, as it curves around to the left and continues to descend towards the Lower Roddlesworth Reservoir.

Pass through the gap in the wall at the bottom of the path, and you will find yourself at a junction with another path. Follow the path to the left, keeping the reservoir on your right hand side.

Continue you to follow this path as it follows the banks of the reservoir, crossing the raised walkways over the boggy ground until you reach the end of the path where you will find a bridge on your right. Turn right and cross the bridge.

You will now find yourself at a familiar spot, at the dam holding back the Lower Roddlesworth Reservoir. At this point, you are going to follow the same path you followed to reach this point at the start of your walk.

Turn left back down the path leading towards the bridge crossing the overflow channel. Cross the bridge, and head straight across the road, heading up the path with the house on your left hand side.

At the top of the path, turn left and follow the road, keeping the reservoir on your left. At this point, if you look to your right, you will get a fantastic view towards Pendle Hill on the horizon.

At the end of this road, pass through the gate and you will find yourself back at the Hare and Hounds pub.

Congratulations, you have completed the Roddlesworth Reservoir and Woodland Walk. Why not reward yourself with a refreshing pint at the pub.

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