Dovestone Reservoir (SITE FULL) See Indian's Head, Dovestone) (FULL)
This tranquil and incredibly beautiful area sits between the industrial towns of Bolton, Horwich and Blackburn. Set against the splendid backdrop of Winter Hill and the West Pennine moors this 'Life for a Life' planting site at "Marklands" is a highly desirable Memorial Forest site.
This splendidly appointed land was extensively reinstated by 'Life for a Life' in cooperation with United Utilities and officially opened as a Memorial Forest on Wednesday 19th November 2003 by the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.
Part of the planting area overlooks a small reservoir teeming with fish and wildlife. Over time, additional footpaths will be developed making access for wheelchair users and clients with mobility problems much easier and will provide pleasant walking for all visitors who may wish to meander around the expanse of the land.
Interestingly, due to the position and the gentle gradients at the location, the lights of Bolton and Horwich can clearly be seen especially in the evening adding value to the splendour and vista of the landscape.
Easy access to "Marklands" is made from Chorley Old Road (B6226) by taking either Georges Lane (turn right opposite the Jolly Crofters), or Foxholes Road (the turning onto Foxholes Road from Chorley Old Road is Mill Lane). There is ample car parking facilities at the entrance of the planting area. Many woodland benches have been donated thus bringing added value and benefit to the wonderful area. As at all other sites which have been donated to the 'Life for a Life' Memorial Forests Scheme, "Marklands" has a "Warriors Rest" area which is designated to military personnel and the uniformed branches of the emergency services.