Dove Stone Reservoir and Valley :: Shared Description

Dove Stone* is situated in the Peak District National Park, east of Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne on Saddleworth Moor. There are four reservoirs in the valley which collect water from the surrounding moorlands. Yeoman Hey is the oldest reservoir, constructed in 1880, whilst Dove Stone Reservoir, constructed in 1967, was the last and largest. All the reservoirs supply water to the outskirts of Manchester.

The area surrounding Dove Stone Reservoir is a spectacular and picturesque spot which is a popular destination with visitors and for family days out. The main reservoir has its own sailing club, a permanent orienteering course, an extensive network of footpaths and good links to areas of open access moorland. There is also a large concentration of gritstone Crags including Dovestones Edge, Quarries, the Ravenstones and the weirdly-sculpted Wimberry Rocks which makes it a making it a popular area with rock climbers.

The site is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in partnership with Oldham Council, United Utilities and the Peak District National Park (who have a ranger station on site).

Local myth has it the area is named after a collection of stones on the skyline that look like a dove. Another version is that in the local dialect some words of celtic origin (dubh for black) were still in usage when Ordnance Survey staff recorded and thus fixed the placename.

LinkExternal link RSPB Dove Stone
LinkExternal link Oldham MBC Dove Stone
LinkExternal link United Utilities Dove Stone

* I have seen the area listed variously as Dovestones, Dovestone and Dove Stone in different documents but the signs around the reservoir currently use the name "Dove Stone".
by David Dixon
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SE0103 : Dovestones Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0104 : Signpost near Binn Green by Stephen McKay
SE0204 : Valve Tower, Yeoman Hey Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0104 : Dovestones Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0103 : Dove Stone reservoir by Stephen Craven
SE0103 : The Path Around Dove Stone Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0204 : Yeoman Hey Reservoir Dam by Stephen McKay
SE0204 : Dovestone Reservoir by Stephen McKay
SE0103 : Resting Place by David Dixon
SE0103 : Dove Stone Drain by David Dixon
SE0103 : Chew Brook near Dove Stone Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0203 : Wooded Path above Dove Stone Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0204 : Dove Stone Rocks from Binn Green by David Dixon
SE0204 : Dove Stone Clough and Dove Stone Edge by David Dixon
SE0204 : Boundary Marker and Dean Rocks by David Dixon
SE0103 : Dove Stone Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0204 : Approaching Ashway Gap by David Dixon
SE0103 : Dove Stone Reservoir and Alderman's Hill by David Dixon
SE0103 : Chew Brook and Dove Stone Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0103 : Water Works Boundary Stone by David Dixon
SE0103 : Dove Stone by David Dixon
SE0104 : Lane to Yeoman Hey Reservoir by Stephen McKay
SE0204 : Yeoman Hey Reservoir by Stephen McKay
SE0103 : Tree above Dove Stone Reservoir by David Dixon
SE0204 : Picnic Area, Ashway Gap by David Dixon

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Created: Thu, 10 Feb 2011, Updated: Sat, 23 Mar 2013

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