Expeditions, Navigation, Guided Walks and Trekking
Many lakes and reservoirs have been carved out of the valleys to the north of Bolton, cutting through the west and centre of the West Pennine Moors. These were built during the 19th and 20th century to supply water to the needy mills and industries of Bolton and Liverpool. Manchester’s water, of course, comes from the Cumbrian Lake District.
From the eastern side of Winter Hill one can look down across three of the smaller reservoirs, brightly blue in today’s spring sunshine. Behind these lakes rises Turton Heights blocking the view of the larger bodies of water hidden in the valley of Turton and Edgeworth. The land on this side of Winter Hill is owned by United Utilities (the water board) and populated only by a few sheep and the occasional walker. Houses on the edge of the area where also Water Board houses for the managers and workers maintaining the free flow of water.