About 2 hours walking (5 miles). Some rough and muddy stretches but nice views and the satisfaction of doing a full circuit make it worthwhile. A couple of stiles which medium sized dogs should have no trouble getting under.
Today we were going to head up Rivington Pike but low cloud made us have a re-think, and end up at Anglezarke, near Chorley.
We parked at the main car park at the South East end of the reservoir. A very good paved path leads from the car park, past the quarry, and through some quite scenic woods. This was signposted "Woodland Trail" from the car park.
Keep following the signs marked "Woodland Trail" until eventually you reach the road near the Northern Dam. Cross the Dam and go through the stile on the far side. Take a very muddy footpath next to the shoreline and keep following this all the way round to the Dam on the Western shore. Don't stray from this shoreline path or you'll end up in farm land and difficult to negotiate fences.
Keep high up on the Eastern Dam and then drop down at the far end to join the footpath which continues your round of the reservoir. Finish by crossing the final Dam and walk along the road for a short distance back to the car park.
This walk was unexpectedly rough in places but offered loads of off-lead opportunities. Watch for anglers and don't let your dog ruin their peace!
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Doggy rating 7/10