Reservoir of Dean Mills

The reservoir of Dean Mills is situated high on the southwestern extension of Winter Hill known as Counting Hill and above the Smithills area of Bolton. This was once a pair of small reservoirs that served Dean Mills down in the valley below at Barrow Bridge.

One reservoir remains, the other was drained long ago and although completely overgrown with moorland vegetation, the outline of its embankments can still be seen in a roughly triangular shape.

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Lat: 53.61676 Lon: -2.48778

Marker type: Lake

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