Anglezarke Reservoir

Anglezarke Reservoir is one of a series of reservoirs close to Chorley on the east side of the M6.  Most of the reservoir is surrounded by attractive woodland, which gives it a natural look when the reservoir is full. There is a car park at the south end of the reservoir where there are some disused quarries and cliffs used by climbers, but our photographs are all from the quieter north end of the reservoir, which is particularly attractive in the autumn.

Location and Parking

Post Code: PR6 9BU

There is no reliable post-code for the north end of the reservoir, but the code above should be in the general area.  From Junction 8 of the M61, follow the A674 NW continuing straight in at the first roundabout.  At the next traffic lights, turn right, almost doubling back on yourself to follow the B6228. After 1 mile, turn left onto Knowley Brow, then after 0.7 miles turn right onto Higher House Lane.  Follow this road (which turns into Moor Lane) for 1.3 miles and when you reach the woodlands at the head of Anglezarke Reservoir there is space to park a few cars on the right just past Waterman’s Cottage.

Anglezarke Reservoir

There are paths south through the woodlands on both sides of the reservoir, which offer a few chances for photographs of the trees which are especially attractive in the autumn. However the main view is looking across the reservoir from the west side towards Waterman’s Cottage.

At the top of the walk, there is another large waterfall, however this is mostly hidden from view by rock walls. Just above this fall, the beck is crossed by a footbridge for the return walk.  It is best to do the walk in a clockwise direction, as this gives the best view of the cascades when ascending on the right side of the beck.

Anglezarke Lakeside

Anglezarke Reservoir

Woodland Near Anglezarke

Lakeside Path, Anglezarke

Waterman’s Cottage, Anglezarke

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