Jumbles Reservoir and Country Park

Jumbles Reservoir and Country Park

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.

jumbles country park

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.

Jumbles country park

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.

Jumbles country park

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.

Jumbles country park

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.

Jumbles country park

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.

Jumbles country park

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?

Jumbles reservoir and country park in Bolton is a great place to head to for a walk

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  1. 22nd September 2015 / 10:18

    Had never heard of this area – looks great!

    • 23rd September 2015 / 20:45

      it was lovely Claire – well worth a visit if you’re in that area x

  2. 22nd September 2015 / 10:22

    What a beautiful walk and fantastic place to explore.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    • 23rd September 2015 / 20:45

      thank you – it was lovely x

  3. 30th September 2015 / 12:32

    A wonderful walk! Never mind that the Sat Nav took you somewhere different, it’s clearly a great place to visit. A good length of walk too, my 4 year old used to be a good walker, but since he got his balance bike he doesn’t like to walk so much. 🙁 I’m sure we’ll manage to get longer walks in again soon, or even bike rides. Stunning photos and a great place to visit, reservoirs often have nice walks!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • 5th October 2015 / 07:59

      Thanks for the comment. We do love to get out and have a good wander – my son is OK at walking but does have his moments of grumbling!

  4. chloelifeunexpected
    4th October 2015 / 21:04

    What beautiful pictures and a great walk. I’m glad you found somewhere beautiful to explore, even if it wasn’t your original choice. It looks like the perfect place to go back to with a picnic again and again. 5km is impressive! Well done to you guys. What a shame the cafe wasn’t open though, I bet you could have done with some refreshments after that hike. Thank you for linking this post to #whatevertheweather x

    • 5th October 2015 / 07:54

      thanks for the comment. Thankfully we did have a small picnic with us – fruit, water and some crisps but yes, would have quite liked a sit down and a warm drink!! thanks for hosting linky – I’ve been and commented on the newer ones this morning xx

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