This linear walk allows you to explore the upper end of the Bradshaw Brook valley using the train stations on the Bolton-Blackburn railway line. It follows the brook downstream crossing the dam of Entwistle Reservoir and following the shorelines of Wayoh and Jumbles Reservoirs. Alternatively, you can reverse the route by starting the walk at Bromley Cross train station and walking upstream to end at the Strawbury Duck Inn. before catching the train at Entwistle. The two upper reservoirs - Entwistle and Wayoh - were constructed in the 19th century and you can see the Bolton Corporation Waterworks crest on the Entwistle Reservoir dam. Jumbles Reservoir was opened in 1971. Look out for herons and kingfishers on the stretch of the Bradshaw Brook between Turton and Jumbles.

1. From Entwistle station turn right to the Strawbury Duck inn and join the track to the left of the pub which runs around the side of it past railway cottages. The stony track runs between fields and drops downhill to join the access road across the dam of Entwistle Reservoir. Go straight ahead across the dam to the car park on the left on the opposite side. Turn left through the car park and at the back of it a stile leads into woodland.

2. Follow a permissive path through the trees, continuing straight ahead keeping the stream inlet to Wayoh Reservoir down to the left. The path goes down steps under the railway viaduct then climbs again to follow a path along the shoreline of Wayoh (do not turn left and cross the causeway). Follow the woodland path to the dam corner at the end of Wayoh. Turn right here and go uphill along the access track passing by the iron gates leading to the road in Chapeltown village. Turn left and walk through the village passing the Chetham Arms on the right. Keep to the pavement on the left hand side and when you reach the church on the left, a signed path by a bench leads diagonally downhill to the lower road, Wellington Road.

3. Cross this with care turning left for a short distance before picking up the path on the right hand side (by a bus stop) that drops down to the houses along Vale Street. If you miss this just turn right into Vale Street, a bit further along Wellington Road. Turn right along Vale Street to where the bridge crosses Bradshaw Brook near the entrance to newer houses. Turn right on the far side of the bridge and follow the riverside path with the brook on your immediate right. You might spot the kingfisher along this stretch. Simply follow the brook down to the bridge at the top end of Jumbles Reservoir. Do not cross the bridge but continue along the left hand side of the reservoir. The popular shoreline path eventually reaches the cafe, toilets and car park at the other end.

4. Continue straight ahead to the rear of the car park. Follow the track downhill which swings right and goes down steps to cross the outlet of Jumbles. Then uphill following the path past the info board at Ousel Meadow. The path leads to tree-lined Grange Road. Turn left along this and near the end of it Bromley Cross train station can be seen on the right. Turn right here and go through the gate to reach the platforms.