Whilst Damian was off work the week before last we managed to get a couple of walks planned. After the discovery of Dovestone Reservoir we headed off to the Turton & Entwistle reservoir one Monday morning. It is a place Damian and I had walked around long before children and I recall it being quite nice.
Anyhow, I must have put the wrong postcode in the satnav as we actually ended up at Jumbles Country Park and the Jumbles reservoir. Not a problem as it was a lovely walk. The children both had a good walk around and enjoyed the walk and seeing the ducks etc. It was quite different to Dovestone in that the water looked to get deep very very quickly.
We had a lovely walk around the reservoir and did plan to head up to Turton Tower (it’s only 1km away)but we realised the walk was going to take us along a main road so we stopped for a snack of fruit and went back to walk through the nature reserve area.
After our fruit stop we continued the walk along and came out near a sailing club and into a meadow which was very pretty. There were lots of things for the children to explore and discover such as bridges, a weir, steps, pipes etc.
They both got tired after a while so Miss E went on my back and Mr D ended up on Damian’s shoulders. He did however walk up the last set of steps which I found hard work with Miss E on my back! If I remember correctly these were close the a dam (but I may be wrong there). We didn’t explore too much however as both the children were getting grumpy and tired.
The are is a lovely place to walk around and I think we covered just shy of 5kms – so a good length walk. It would be easy to pass a day there exploring the area as there is so much to see there.
We were there fairly early in the morning and the on site cafe wasn’t open, had it been we might have stopped for a drink. There are plenty of places to stop for a picnic if you wanted, and the benches seemed well maintained. There was a lovely spot towards the end of our walk where there were two or three benches where you can sit and look out across the reservoir, and if we head back in the future I think that will be our picnic spot.
I really love how accessible the reservoirs are and how beautiful the areas are that we have been to so far. Which other reservoirs should we be visiting in the Greater Manchester area?