Hartshead Walk & Knott Hill Reservoir Circular
This Hartshead walk takes in the Knott Hill Reservoir Nature Reserve, views
of Hartshead Pike and a woodland path through Greenhurst Clough.
Start at Greenhurst Road, just off Lees Road in Ashton-under-Lyne and proceed up the short section of road passing Woodlands Road on the right. This then becomes a track with playing fields to the right and the now demolished Hartshead High school area to the left. The track bears left at a signpost for ‘Hartshead Pike/Knott Hill’.
Follow the track on this Hartshead walk as it bends right and heads up towards the reservoir. Near the top, head left by a water run off channel and go between 2 stone pillars. You are now on the Knott Hill Reservoir path. Turn right and follow the path which passes Ashton-under-Lyne golf course to the right. Continue on the path all round the reservoir passing the remnants of the Waterman’s house where parts of the garden and plantings can still be seen. This Hartshead walk continues to the steps leading up by Knott Hill Farm. The steps lead to a lane where a right turn takes you to Lilley Lanes.
Turn left here and head down to a small group of new houses on the left. Just after the houses head along a high metal fence into Broadhurst Clough. Walk through the clough and at Lees Road turn left to head back to Greenhurst Road.
Knott Hill Reservoir was built by the Victorians to supply water to the adjacent towns of Ashton and Stalybridge. It was decommissioned by North West Water in the late 1970’s because it was stucturally unsafe due to a weak dam wall. It was acquired by Tameside Council in 1989. The reservoir is now used by a local angling club.
This Hartshead walk is only 2.6 miles and can be completed in an hour.