Parks, leisure and the arts Harpurhey Reservoir and Ponds

A remnant of the industrial era the reservoirs and ponds, once used by the factories as a source of water, have over the year become a thriving habitat which supports a substantial amount of wildlife. If you're lucky you may see herons fishing, sparrow hawks hunting and coots nesting.

Adjacent to the ponds over the River Irk is the location of the newly built Irk Valley Community School and Crumpsall Recreation ground which supports weekend league football pitches.

Location and Access

Harpurhey Ponds are located to the north of Harpurhey Road, and are bordered by Waterloo Street and Factory Lane. The main access point is off Factory Lane, and is not suitable for disabled access at present.

Bus numbers 123 and 64 can be taken to the Moston Lane/Factory Lane junction of Rochdale Road, or number 56 can be taken to the junction of Hazelbottom Road and Woodlands Road, from where a short walk leads to Waterloo Road.


  • Harpurhey Reservoirs - 7.2 hectares
  • Harpurhey Ponds - 6.3 hectares
  • Crumpsall Recreation Ground - 4.3 hectares

Recreation and Usage

  • Open green space for walking,
  • Fishing,
  • Wildlife watching,
  • Football


From Hendham Vale below Queens Park, walk along Waterloo Road, (this section due to be open for public access 2013 following the completion of the development) and from there you can walk to the riverside walk through Crumpsall Vale

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