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Walking festival produces new reservoir guide

Posted 17 September 2012
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Walking festival produces new reservoir guide
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The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival has produced something many people will find very handy - a guide to walks around reserviors in the area.

People venturing into the Pennines with their hiking boots will be familiar with the fact that there are many artificial bodies of water in the mountain range, serving the various towns and cities on either side of the Backbone of England.

The South Pennines is no exception and with the festival currently taking place (September 8th to 23rd), organisers have launched a guide to walks based on walks by the reservoirs of the area, Grough reports.

Devised by Oldham and Rochdale councils along with United Utilities, the Reservoir Trails Project includes eight circular routes based on public rights of way and several chains of reservoirs, all of which start at the White House pub and are linked to the Pennine Bridleway.

Watershed Landscape interpretation officer for the project Anna Carter said: "Many people in the area actually have a direct connection to the moorland landscape through their tap and water supply, yet the story of the construction of these reservoirs, which were incredible feats of engineering at the time, remains largely untold."

A website has been set up for the project and describes the landscape in which the reservoirs are situated as being 'rarer than rainforest', with its features including a wealth of history from sites of Bronze Age archaeological interest to the inspirational effect the landscape has had on local writers from the Bronte sisters to poet Ted Hughes.

The festival includes a number of events, including a large number of guided walks.

Tomorrow (September 18th), there is a trek in search of the source of the River Derwent, while reservoir walks two and three in the Trails Project list feature on September 20th.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801450072-ADNFCR