Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

Dove Stone (and reservoir)

Cycling at Dove Stones

Dove Stone is an RSPB and partner-managed reservoir and moorland on the outskirts of Oldham, with options for both level, surfaced walks and more strenuous climbs into the nearby hills.

Offering walks between 1.5 miles (30-40 mins) and up to 2.5 miles (1 hr) around the reservoir(s) or into the surrounding hills on longer routes, Dove Stone is also home to a Miles without Stiles path.

A picnic area and easy access from a dedicated car park make this a great location for a family day out, however BBQs are not allowed at Dove Stone. A popular local spot, the car park can often be full by early morning.

Those prepared for a longer walk into the hills may encounter wildlife including golden plovers, dunlin, curlew or perhaps even a passing peregrine falcon.


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The largest car park is the Oldham Council-managed site just outside Greenfield with main public car parking and disabled bays. RSPB members park for free with a displayed membership card.

There is a smaller RSPB car park at Binn Green off the A635 Greenfield to Holmfirth Road.

EV charging is not currently available at these locations.

cafe icon toilet icon Café and toilets

There is no permanent food & drink outlet at Dove Stone. Seasonal hot food and ice cream providers may be based at the main car park at weekends and holiday periods.

Toilet information and opening times

picnic icon no bbq icons Picnics, no BBQs

You can enjoy a picnic at Dove Stone, but please take home what you bring. BBQs or fires of any sort are not permitted anywhere on the site or car parks.

Dog icon Visiting with your dog

Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead for the safety and respect of other visitors. Adjacent fields and the surrounding moorlands may contain livestock and wildlife where extra care should be taken. Please take mess home or use one of the designated bins at the car park.

bike icon Bike hire

There are no hire facilities in this area.

bus icon Bus services

Bus services from Manchester take you to Greenfield, 1 mile from Dove Stone.

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Dove Stone

  • Postcode: (closest) OL3 7NE
  • What3Words: insects.nudge.track

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Dove Stone is around 6 miles from Oldham and one mile from the village of Greenfield, and 10 miles from Holmfirth, within the Peak District National Park.

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