Stocks Reservoir Circular

Route info
Distance 7.5 miles
Time 2.5 hrs
Low Point 175 m (approx)
High Point 250 m (approx)
Height gain 75 m (approx)
Terrain Farms, road, and paths
Bogs Can be muddy and boggy in places
Dogs Ok on leads
Cow count 20+
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

The above information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but you should always let someone know where you are going and what time you should be home. If using a GPS device, take a map and compass. Remember that mobiles don’t always have a signal. Click here for more safety information.

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Health stats Approx
Steps taken 14,491
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 646 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 1,163 cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.



Approximate map

Accurate GPS map

  • Printable Map

    Click here to download ViewRanger map.

  • Download KML

    View and download KML in GoogleMaps here.

Route description

MAPMaking the most of the late nights during the brief July heatwave – I grabbed my dogs and headed up to Stocks Reservoir after finishing work.

The circular route is over 7 miles and can be done in about 2.5 hours at a good pace.   I changed the end of the  route by walking along the road for the final stretch.  This was because I had  been a tasty treat to the horse flies and I wanted to avoid the trees because I’d already donated enough blood.

  1. Park up at School Lane car park (SD 732 565) and head north through the kissing gate. The path here is really easy to follow and good underfoot.
  2. Head over Lock Bridge on Haskill Beck (SD 724 573) and the path then ascends up to New House Farm, which is an old derelict barn.
  3. At the barn take a left and the path will meander down towards the footbridge across the River Hodder (SD 718 578). After the footbridge there are lots of marker posts directing you through Copped Hill Clough – which has now been flagged to keep you out of the bog.  (Last time I visited I remember this being a squelchy stretch).
  4. Continue along the old railway track (SD 714 573) until you reach the fishery, which is also known as Hollins House.
  5. Take a minute to admire the views at the jetty and here you can also grab a drink if you fancy (seasonal), then head up to the road as pass a couple of signs warning you about frogs!
  6. (SD 717 548) At Stocks Boardhouse apartments go through the kissing gate and head up towards the dam. Then follow the wall by the reservoir until you reach the steps and turn left after descending them.
  7. Rejoin the old railway track and bear left, whilst enjoying the views across the reservoir. Stay on this track for about one mile.
  8. At the time of I did this walk there was a sign on the gate warning about tree felling, so I cautiously made my way through the woods. (You may find this has all changed by the time you take the walk). After a short distance the path emerges at the road just before the causeway.
  9. From here I walked back to the car park along the road. However, after the causeway the traditional route takes the path on the left, which also eventually joins School Lane car park.  I did this to avoid the horse-flies which had followed me for most of the walk.

On this route

School Lane car park, Hasgill Beck, New House, Collyholme, Copped Hill Clough, Eak Hill, Hollins House, Valve Tower, Rushton Hill, Causeway