Walk Report: Dovestone Reservoir

Date: 9th Apr 2009
Stats: 11.0 miles, 2200 feet
Weather: Cloudy, spots of rain, but no wind to speak of
Trig Points: 1: TP0828 – Alphin Pike
Wainwrights: N/A
Other Info: Parking £2 at Dovestone Reservoir, toilets open early
Summary: Dovestone, Teoman Hey and Greenfield Reservoirs, Greenfield Brook, Birchen Clough, ridge route past Great Dove Stone Rocks, Chew Reservoir, Wimberry Moss, Alphin Pike, Oldham Way, Dovestone

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Another old favourite for me, although I’ve only done it once before and was beaten back by flooded rivers on a second attempt, but it still holds a fond place in my heart. Part of my training regime for the Coast to Coast which starts in a few short weeks. I don’t feel at all fit at the moment – too many walks cut short and too many pies!

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As usual, the first car in the car park.

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This overflow was cascading with water last time I was here, so hopefully that’s a sign that the river is passable in Birchen Clough this time.

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Greenfield Reservoir

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Greenfield Brook

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The Trinacle, part of the Raven Stones above Greenfield Brook

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Phew, I’m relieved to find the water levels are managable in the clough today – I can complete the walk

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Waterfall in Birchen Clough

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Looking down onto the weir in Greenfield Brook

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Greenfield Reservoir from the Raven Stones

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The Trinacle, this time up close and personal – the stone on the left is reachable without ropes, but as I was on my own there was no point

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The memorial cross on Ashway Moss – commemerating the death “by accidental discharge of a gun” of Oldham MP James Platt, 1857

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Matting used to aid or prevent heather growth – I’m not sure – but there’s lots of it up here

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A peat wave breaks on the gritsone shore

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Helicopter parked by Chew Reservoir – used to fertilise the fells

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The Chew Road winding up from the valley to the reservoir

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Dovestone Reservoir – I can see the car from here – if I could zoom close enough

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The trig point and shelter on Alphin Pike

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