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Countryside Health Walks Knott Hill Reservoir

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Ashton/Mossley: Knott Hill Reservoir

Length: For those arriving by Bus: 3.75km (2ΒΌ miles)

For those arriving by Car: 3.3km (2 miles)

You can make a short walk by going just as far as the kissing gate at the end of the golf course and back (about 700 metres) or to the first seat and back (about 1 km, just over half a mile).

If walking in the countryside is new to you, to get the best out of this walk why not go with your partner or friend?

Walk Summary

A circuit of Knott Hill Reservoir. The reservoir lies in the open countryside midway between Ashton-under-Lyne and Mossley. The reservoir level was lowered some years ago, and the embankments have developed a good woodland cover.

photograph of Knott Hill Reservoir, Ashton/Mossley

The walking is on firm stone path or track throughout. Apart from an easy slope towards the end the going is level. There are seats at intervals round the reservoir, and picnic tables at the midway point of the walk.


The walk starts and ends across a gold course with views to the monument on Hartshead Pike. The walk round the reservoir is mainly through woodland, with occasional views over the reservoir.

How to get to the start

By Bus: Buses between Ashton-under-Lyne and Mossley. Alight at the 'Junction Inn', Mossley Road, 2 kilometres out of Ashton. Go up Gorsey Lane, beside the public house, bearing right to where the first houses end in 200 metres.

By Car: Take the A670 Mossley Road between Ashton-under-Lyne and Mossley, and turn off along Gorsey Lane immediately beside the 'Junction Inn', opposite a petrol station. Follow Gorsey Lane for 200 metres until the first houses on the right end. Park on the road, But do not obstruct any access to houses.


None on route.


'Junction Inn' on Mossley Road.


Map and Key, of Ashton/Mossley: Knott Hill Reservoir walk Key to the Map for Ashton/Mossley: Knott Hill Reservoir Map Key - The numbers on the map correspond with the numbers in the text.


  1. Leave Gorsey Lane 30 metres after the first houses on the right end by turning right beside a gate down a wide track heading across the golf course.
  2. Keep straight ahead at a main fork in 200 metres and continue to descend slightly to reach a kissing gate.
  3. A few metres beyond here the path forks. In 350 metres the path crosses the dam of the reservoir, with a view left down the valley of Greenhurst Clough, and to the right over the reservoir.
  4. Follow the wide path, below the buildings of Knott Hill Farm. In a further 250 metres, if you want to rest for a while, there are picnic tables, just off the path on the right: metal railings on the right mark the place to turn off.
  5. Beyond the picnic tables continue to follow the path, through its many twists and turns, until, in a further 700 metres you arrive back at the kissing gate used on the outward route. Return through here, go across the golf course, and back to Gorsey Lane and the start of the walk. The walk back across the golf course is slightly uphill.

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Contact Information
Contact by Post

Strategic Director of Education and Cultural Services
Tameside MBC
Council Offices
Wellington Road
Ashton Under Lyne
Contact by Telephone
0161 330 9613
Contact by Fax
0161 343 1834