Dovestone Reservoir Circular Walk is a 8.4 mile loop trail located near Dobcross, Greater Manchester, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length8.4 miElevation gain1,489 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeMuddyRockyScramble
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Note: As of September 18, 2020 users have reported that part of the track around Yeoman Hey Reservoir is not accessible. There is a sign saying "Danger, Shooting in progress, Footpath temporarily closed". Instead you can cross over between the reservoirs and take a route up (quite steep), it will lead you back to the main track. Amazing walk with stunning views around Dovestone Reservoir, Yeoman Hey Reservoir, Chew Reservoir, and Greenfield Reservoir, near Dobcross, in The Peak District National Park. Along this trail you will see the Memorial Forest (in which trees were planted in memory of a deceased loved one, with a small plaque at the base of the tree), Chew Plantation, a waterfall, and rock formations. Note that the scramble to the waterfall may be difficult for some. Users report that this trail does get packed during peak hours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The car park is pay-and-display (£4 for the day), unless you are a Blue Badge holder or RSPB member. There are toilets on site, and picnic areas around the reservoirs.

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Paulina Rytwinska
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Stunning views , quite hard walking in some parts of the trip .... the waterfall was amazing

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stephen dixon
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This is a fantastic walk and is in My top 3. The waterfall climb i thought was not to difficult to do but anyone not to good on There feet my find it hard Also not good for small children. Fantastic views just a shame the morning I did it it wasn’t a very sunny one. Car park is £2 for 4hrs and £4 all day it tuck me just over 3hrs to do but I did stop a few times to take some pics. Overall I would definitely recommend this trail

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Elizabeth Newman
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A bit icy in some parts but a thoroughly enjoyable hike.

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Rebecca Mclorie
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Great walk, amazing views would definitely recommend decent footwear for the water fall scramble!!

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Tamara Adams
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Amazing views! We had all weathers from snow to sun! I haven’t done any exercise in months so this was hard for me but such a brilliant workout!

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Kujo Awuku
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Amazing trail! Not for the weak hearted!!!

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Emma Link
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Great views! Perfect day hike!

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Estelle G.
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Anya Rees
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A walk only undertaken because the car park that marked the start of our intended walk was full! The path quality is exceptionally variable, and some of the ground is quite waterlogged and heavy going- however this makes up a minority of the walk. We saw and heard lots of wildlife- including grouse!

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Josie Swarbrick
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great trail, didn't do the last 2km, came down from the tops early to finish off the walk around the reservoir as it was bitterly cold and windy. the wee scramble up the waterfall was so so much fun and the Trinacle wad spectacular! I didn't find the hike particularly challenging, that said, I would say I have a reasonable level of fitness. did the hike with my wee jack Russell and he absolutely smashed it. car park was full on arrival but we spoke to the car park attendees (who were lovely) at the top of the road who explained cars were leaving and opened the road up to allow us down to park. car park was £4 for the day. toilets on site and picnic area by the Reservoir, although we found shelter on the tops to sit and admire the view.

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Jay Blunden
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Sam Higham
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Natalie Nisbet
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Joanna Rojek
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Jake Cartwright
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Really good walk quite challenging in some places, we went the wrong way round but personally think it was better, the start was quite challenging was incline for around 2.5km but If you’re hard like me and my Mrs you’ll be fine.

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Megan Atkinson
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Lovely walk beginning and end but the middle is so so dangerous there is no path to follow and water log at the top. We had to go down a mountain on our bum as it was so unsafe

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Greg Winnard
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Superb, even in the wind and rain. Very challenging. Unreal views, worth the graft up to the summit.

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NATWAD User
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Thomas Cousins
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Jon Saunders
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Decent walk, bit of rock scrabbling up the waterfall. Really muddy and sloppy towards the top. Not too challenging.

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Charlotte Cooper
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Osman M
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Rebekah Siân
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I dropped my phone at the top of the river so it stopped recording. it was terribly icey and dangerous. Do not attempt if you have no experience. Otherwise, amazing walk

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Kelly Harrison
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