Dove Stone

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  • Course Status

  • New! You can now record your run using the MapRun App on your Smartphone. Score points and share your results too. See the Smartphones page for details. 
  • Last checked September 2020.    Everything OK. Vegetation is a problem at N, DD & Y.  The path through the woods north from J is closed, but there are 2 alternatives.
  • Watch out for shooting parties that may restrict access in some parts
  • Trail-O issues:   In view of the impossibility of maintaining acceptable Trail-O experiences, we have decided to give up on all our Trail-O courses (here and at Strinesdale and Bowlee).  Maps can still be provided, but we don’t promise anything.
  • (early 2019) … On the Trail O course all posts were visible at 1, 4, 5, 7, 10 & 12; 2 posts visible at 2 and 6; 1 post visible at 8 & 9; no posts visible at 3 & 11.
  • (NB. May 2017:  post P moved away from unpleasant litter; post EE moved away from bracken; post BB moved to below the fence.   The old posts have been left in place, so old maps will still work for a while.)
  • Orienteering and Trail-O map details

  • Orienteering map – A4 portrait, Scale 1:10000. Last updated April 2020.
  • Trail-O map – A4 portrait, Scale 1:6000. Created 1999, last updated 2012.
  • Start/Finish

  • Start S1 is about 500m SouthEast of the Car Park, along the road past the Sailing Club.
  • Start S2 is about 200m North of the car Park, across the dam.
  • The stated Trail-O distance includes these extras, but the Wheelchair/White does not.
  • Some courses finish at the other Start.  eg. Blue and Wheelchair/White start at S1 and finish at S2; Green starts at S2 and finishes at S1.
  • The Trail-O course first control is at Start S1.  If you want to check your Trail-O answers, you can get them from the Downloads page.
    Map detail showing both Starts, car park and Sailing Club.

    Map detail showing both Starts, car park and Sailing Club.

    Start 2 on the end of the fence

    Start 1 on the bridge

  • How to get a map

  • Dove Stone waterproof print£1.25

  • Dove Stone PDF£1.25

  • Dove Stone Trail-O waterproof print£0.50

  • Dove Stone Trail-O PDF£0.50

  • Dove Stone MapRun Bundle 75min Score£2.00

  • From some Oldham Countryside Centres –
    Brownhill Countryside Centre – Tel: 0145 787 2598
    Saddleworth Museum Shop – Tel: 0145 787 0336
  • Or buy any map from Get a Map
  • Or order any map by post by downloading the Map order form

Steps at Binn Green


Alderman Crag from post V


‘Plughole’ overflow in winter, Dovestone

  • Park Facilities

  • K  Car Park   d  Toilets     Picnic areas
  • Note – there is a parking charge unless you are an RSPB member.
  • Directions

  • From Ashton-u-Lyne, take A635 (Huddersfield) to Greenfield. From mini roundabout at E side of Greenfield continue 700m along A635 to R fork on to reservoir road to reach car park.
  • OS Grid Reference: SE 013 033.  Postcode OL3 7NE gets you to the Sailing Club via the main car park. (Postcode OL3 7NN gets you to the Binn Green car park – halfway up the West side of the map)
  • Course Maintenance

  • Maintained by GMOA.
  • Postwatchers, please click here to submit your report.