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Why Hurstwood Reservoir Is Perfect For Dog Walkers.

hurstwood reservoir great for dog walkers

What a brilliant bank holiday weekend it’s been spending it with friends and family, we’ve had loads on! so it was lovely yesterday to head up to Hurstwood Reservoir and just enjoy the peace and quiet. Molly, our very energetic springer spaniel, loves it at Hurstwood, running through the woods then enjoying a swim, this is why I think it’s the perfect place for walking dogs.

Hurstwood reservoir perfect for dog walkers

waking at hurstwood reservoir

As you arrive you can park the car by the side of the road and follow the path through the gate, which leads you through the woods which then brings you out at Hurstwood reservoir, straight in front of you. As soon as you pass through the gates it’s safe to let your dog off the lead. Molly loves running through the trees to find the perfect stick! it’s like a mission of hers as soon as she’s let off the lead!

hurstwood reservoir great for dog walkers

hurstwood reservoir great for dog walkers

It’s a great place to go for a walk for all the family, you can make it last for hours if you fancy a challenge! There’s signs to follow Worsthorne Moor, Cant Clough Reservoir, and Mary Towneley Loop. We just wanted to enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful place so a leisurely walk around Hurstwood Reservoir was just perfect! 🙂

hurstwood reservoir great for dog walkers

I love this photo! Molly obviously beat us all to the top, with a stick in her paw’s, enjoying the views. Molly loves it here, it’s great for letting her loose. You just need to be aware when walking round the reservoir there are sheep roaming freely. Until you pass through the gate and go over this little bridge at the half way point, so if your dog isn’t good with sheep it would be best to keep them on a lead until you’re passed the gate,then you can let your dog run free through the woods.


hurstwood reservoir great for dog walkers

As you go through the woods you can drop down to the reservoir, which my hubby couldn’t wait to show little man how to skim stones! We just had to stop James from jumping in himself, whilst he was trying to skim them! but he had great fun throwing the stones in for Molly’s to go and fetch them whilst enjoying a leisurely swim at the same time, haha. Great fun!

hurstwood reservoir great for dog walkers

hurstwood reservoir great for dog walkers


There’s just a lovely feel to this place and although it’s quite rugged countryside all around, the views are amazing! It’s the most relaxing place we’ve been here loads of times and I’ve never seen more then a few people walking their dogs passing you by. So if you need a little bit of quiet time I definitely recommend it here, it’s a great place to go with your dog.

hurstwood reservoir great for dog walkers

After lots of stone throwing and climbing through the woods, picking up fir cones. It was great to sit down have a drink and enjoy the views! 5 minutes rest then onwards to finish our lovely walk round the reservoir. Which took us over two hours with little man, but normally would take about 45 minutes to walk all the way round. Molly never stops and would go all day if you let her, just like James! we’d had a lovely morning and now it was time to have some lunch and let little man have his nap ready for round two! Hope you’ve had a lovely bank holiday weekend whatever you’ve been up to!  If you have any favourite places to walk your dog, and that is toddler friendly, I’d love to hear from you 🙂


Mandy x


Mandy J McDonald

Author: Mandy J McDonald

A UK Family Lifestyle & Days Out Blogger – Sharing our mini family adventures & my love for all home and garden inspirations with lots of tips & tricks!!!

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    August 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Wow you’ve taken some really beautiful pics there! I love that one of Molly too! She’s looks so proud! Love the one of her playing in the water too! Looks like such a lovely place for a walk!

    1. Mandy J McDonald
      Mandy J McDonald
      August 30, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Aww Thanks Emma, it’s a great place to go for a walk and explore for all the family xxxx

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