Situated in Longdendale in the north of Derbyshire Torside reservoir was built in 1849 to supply water to the urban areas of Manchester. Today it still serves an important role in supplying water from the River Etherow but also remains a popular walking destination thanks to its proximity to the Trans Pennine Trail.
The path around Torside starts at the Torside Visitors Centre and follows along the Longdendale trail down to the banks of the Reservoir along to the dam. From here you join the Pennine Way for a short while before descending down to the shores and along to Crowden. This pleasant four mile walk is relatively flat so it's ideal for a family walk and with a picnic area and toilets in the car park and nearby Woodhead reservoir to explore you can easily spend the day here.