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Dove Stone Trinnacles Guided Walk

A fabulous route on the Peak District’s northern edge – a valley walk along Dove Stone Reservoir precedes an ascent to high edges with commanding views from the Trinnacle Stones and Alphin Pike. This is lovely northern territory with wild moorland and stunning edges – it’s where the Peak District meets Yorkshire!

  • Distance: 11 miles/17km.
  • Ascent: 1880ft/573m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Moderate – Harder.
  • Great For: New and experienced hill walkers.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1600. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Dove Stone Reservoir, Bank Lane, Oldham OL3 7NE
  • Location Map >

£45.00

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Description

We walk along the wooded shores of Dove Stone Reservoir, before crossing a dam and heading onto open moorland – our ascent takes us up to Dove Stone Moss on Saddleworth Moor.  There are striking views from a steep-sided edge over three reservoirs, with Greenway Brook and Birchen Clough also far below.

The rest of our day is a high level route exploring the edges, passing the Raven Stones or Trinnacles, a trio of wind-carved outcrops and a wonderful natural sculpture.  We pass  other rock formations on the moor’s edge, including Ashway Rocks and the Fox Stones.  We then contour high above a rocky brook tumbling out of Chew Reservoir which we pass as our route continues to Alphin Pike.  This trig point at 1539 feet / 469 metres offers panoramic views of our day’s walk.  Our descent takes us down into the valley and along tracks back to our starting point at Dove Stone Reservoir.

Want to make a weekend of it? 

You can also book our Bleaklow Guided Walk on Sunday 29 September 2024 here

Additional information

The Walk

We walk along the wooded shores of Dove Stone Reservoir, before crossing a dam and heading onto open moorland – our ascent takes us up to Dove Stone Moss on Saddleworth Moor.  There are striking views from a steep-sided edge over three reservoirs, with Greenway Brook and Birchen Clough also far below.

The rest of our day is a high level route exploring the edges, passing the Raven Stones or Trinnacles, a trio of wind-carved outcrops and a wonderful natural sculpture.  We pass  other rock formations on the moor’s edge, including Ashway Rocks and the Fox Stones.  We then contour high above a rocky brook tumbling out of Chew Reservoir which we pass as our route continues to Alphin Pike.  This trig point at 1539 feet / 469 metres offers panoramic views of our day’s walk.  Our descent takes us down into the valley and along tracks back to our starting point at Dove Stone Reservoir.

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

We meet at Dove Stone Reservoir Car Park, Bank Lane, Oldham OL3 7NE.  It is a pay and display car park that costs £4 for the day.  The machine takes cards but best to bring coins as well in case there are any issues.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of the car park here.

Coming by Bus or Train?
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby, we’ll give you a free lift.  Ask us when you book.

Facilities

There are toilets in the car park where we meet.  Greenfield is three minutes drives and has shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, fuel stations and a train station. See map here.

Walk Difficulty

This is a Moderate Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.

We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.