Questers Sought to Save a Local Reservoir from an Evil Toad!

Time to let imaginations fly and follow in footsteps of a band of magical characters as they try to save Castleshaw Reservoir from Grott the Evil Toad. From Castleshaw Reservoir car park questers can follow a trail around the reservoir marked by carved quest markers, and share in the adventures of Lyd the Airy Fairy, Del the Tree Elf, Digg the Dwarf and Spring the Water Sprite.

The Castleshaw Quest is a fun adventure for all the family, devised by Ann Gilligan, of Green Monster Arts, working with primary school children and local residents.

'It’s a journey, not just around Castleshaw Reservoir, but also into the imagination because this story came from the imaginations of children. During a Diggle Primary School field trip to the reservoir we came up with this story. I’ve also worked with local residents, through a workshop at Saddleworth Museum, where we designed the block prints to illustrate the story and carved stones for the path.' Ann Gilligan (Green Monster Arts)

The Castleshaw Quest was part of a larger project in the Castleshaw Valley, developed in partnership by United Utilities and Oldham Council and supported by the Watershed Landscape Project. As part of the work a car park, which is the starting point for the Quest and an ideal place to park to visit Castleshaw Roman Fort, has been upgraded. Work has also been completed on footpaths and gates have replaced styles to improve access to the site for all. It is also the starting point of the Castleshaw Valley Reservoir Trail and is situated only a mile from Brownhills Visitor Centre.

You can preview the trail in this video and flyer.

To take part in the quest, simply download the Castleshaw Quest adventure and head out to the reservoir. Good luck!