Greenbooth and naden valley

There are four reservoirs arranged in a line up the valley, from bottom to top is Greenbooth, Lower Naden, Middle Naden and Higher Naden. However, Lower Naden’s dam was removed in the 1990’s though you can still see where it used to be.

In 1846 Heywood Waterworks Company finished building the Naden Reservoirs despite objections from local mill owners who feared interruptions to their water supplies.

Below the Naden Reservoirs was the village of Greenbooth which consisted of about 80 cottages, a sweet shop, a Co-op store and a school; there was also a woollen mill, but no church or pub. However, in 1958 Heywood and Middleton Water Board decided that another reservoir was needed to supply water to the growing population of Rochdale and started the construction of Greenbooth reservoir in 1958. The reservoir was officially opened in August 1965 it cost £2.1 million pounds to build and holds 700,000,000 gallons of water.

  • Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Environment trail
  • Greenbooth
  • Dove Stone Reservoir
  • Hope Carr Nature Reserve
  • Jumbles Country Park
  • Piethorne Valley
  • Strinesdale
  • Watergrove Reservoir

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  • View Point

From Rochdale follow Edenfield Road (A680) through Norden till you see The White Lion pub, turn immediately sharp right just after the pub onto Over Town Lane, parking is available at the end of the lane.

Opening times: Open all day, every day

Greenbooth directions map

Nutter's Restaurant

Nutter's Restaurant

A modern, award-winning British restaurant owned by celebrity chef Andrew Nutter and his family.


There is a concessionary bridleway for use by members of Rochdale & Bury Bridleway Association.

Find out more about RBBA

Reservoir safety

Reservoir safety

Every year, people are injured or die while swimming in reservoirs. Stay safe, stay out.

Did you know?

  • Rooley Moor Road which travels from Norden across the moor to Rossendale is known as the ‘Cotton Famine Road’. During the cotton famine, unemployed factory workers were paid to rebuild the sewerage system. This is why Rooley Moor Road is cobbled.
  • A figure of a lady is said to be seen in the mist around the ruins of Naden Dean & Naden Head farms. The ghostly figure has been sighted by several people walking around the valley.
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