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How to Join.

Membership is now available. Click here then choose 'Join Us'.  You can pay by bank transfer. Card payments are temporarily suspended but we hope to offer them later in 2024. 

Subscriptions are due by 1st April.

NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME

In addition to windsurfing, we welcome stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, windfoiling, wingfoiling and model yachting!

We pride ourselves on being a friendly club - everyone is ready to help and to learn from each other. You're also welcome to 'try before you buy' for £10 - have a look at our Visitors & Day Sailing page then maybe come along and sample the atmosphere, the wind and the water!

If you'd like to know more please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note : you'll need £2M third party insurance cover to sail at the club. This comes free as a part of RYA membership (£47 pa for windsurfing, windfoiling, wingfoiling & paddleboarding) and some activities may be included in household insurance too. Do check the small print on your policy though, or give the insurer a ring to make sure they don't class your chosen sport as a 'dangerous sport'. Insurers sometimes change their cover from year to year, so please don't take this point for granted. Alternatively, google windsurfing insurance and you'll probably get cover for about £26 or so. Sports such as windfoiling and wingfoiling will generally be in a higher risk category and £47 is probably the going rate.

 

How to find us.

If you are using sat nav the postcode of the Post Office in Wardle Village on the approach to the reservoir is OL12 9NT.

OS grid reference for the Club is SD 912182.

 

Directions to West Pennine Windsurfing Club, Watergrove Reservoir, Wardle, Rochdale

There are 2 options:

Leave M62 at Rochdale J20 and come past Rochdale town centre. Click for Google Maps directions.

Leave M62 at Milnrow J21Click for Google Maps directions.

 The reservoir is situated above the village of Wardle near Rochdale, Lancashire about 6 miles from Junction 21 of the M62. The road changes to a cobbled surface above Wardle village. Follow it until you reach the Public carpark under the reservoir wall. The entrance gate is in the far right of the carpark.

 

Or from M62 J21 simply follow the directions below - you decide.

Leave M62 at J21 and follow signs for A640 (Elizabethan Way) for Milnrow. Coming from the direction of Manchester, you will go straight on through 2 roundabouts and then left at the 3rd roundabout at the bottom of the hill. You are now on Elizabethan Way.
 

Go straight on for about 1 mile, passing Aldi. You'll go through one set of traffic lights, then after another 0.5 miles go over a canal and then come to a 2nd set of lights with Range superstore on the left. Turn right at these lights.

You are now on Albert Royds Street. It's a wide road. Carry on for 1 mile, over the river and to a roundabout. Turn right onto the A58 Halifax Road.

After 1/2 mile there is a mini-roundabout. Turn left here at The Bulls Head.

Continue up the hill (Wardle Road) and take the left at the mini roundabout opposite a shop (this is Ramsden Road).

Follow Ramsden Road through Wardle village. The road changes to a cobbled surface as you go up the hill. Follow it until you reach the Public carpark under the reservoir wall.

The entrance gate is in the far right of the carpark.

You will need to bring your own drinking water and contact us for the code to the combination lock - see Contact Us.

Overview

Welcome to West Pennine Windsurfing Club, possibly the best windsurfing club in the North West of England. Located in the Pennines above Rochdale, Lancashire, we offer clean wind, cleaner water and a great clubhouse with hot showers. Annual membership is great value with opportunities for board storage and we offer temporary day membership for prospective new members. So if you're learning, still trying to crack that carve gybe or need somewhere to practice your flakas, get in touch and come for a sail. Alternatively, if you're interested in wingfoiling, paddleboarding, canoeing or kayaking we offer those too.jl  cb by sedge 231212 2

Most of us come along just to blast back and forth and hopefully improve our gybes, as well as to learn from those who always seem to be able to do it better! A few members like to try their hand at freestyle and some record their top speed on GPS … then post it on our Speed Ladder and brag about it! The Club also has a long tradition of racing and some winners in Regional, National and even International events. We have some promising new young members and in touch with Hollingworth to cater for young racing windsurfers. Informal competitions are held occasionally, but there is always plenty of space for those who just like sailing.

The water is relatively clean and the sailable area is about 375m x 800m. There is a good Clubhouse with changing facilities and hot showers, cooking facilities, plenty of free parking, ample grass rigging areas between car park and water, and a safety boat that is launched or ready to go when there are powerboat-qualified members present. Above all, it’s a friendly environment in which windsurfers of all abilities are encouraged. We have new members who have passed their RYA Start Windsurfing course, and some older, returning windsurfers who have rediscovered the delights of the sport …. and most of us somewhere in between.

The prevailing wind direction is SW or NW. Most directions work well and the reservoir is about 650 feet above sea level, so it gets a good amount of wind. If you stand at the Clubhouse and look towards the dam you are looking due South. So, a Southerly wind has to come over the dam wall. This is usually okay, though you may find some wind shadow if the water level is very low – not usually an issue but can happen mid-Summer if it’s particularly dry. Wind with an Easterly component is the least good direction - it can be a bit gusty, though still very sailable and you can get some very strong winds from this direction.

When can you sail?

When you join (or when you enquire about a day sailing ticket) you’ll be given the temporary code to the combination lock for the gate to the access road. Members also get a key for the Clubhouse so they can sail any time during daylight hours. Visitors need to plan their visit to coincide with others, so that the clubhouse and car park are unlocked. Sundays are particularly popular, but whenever there’s wind, including weekday evenings, you’re likely to find others on the water. The shoutbox on our website helps people check who else plans to sail when they plan to, which helps with both safety and friendships. Non-members are welcome to register to use the shoutbox.

What about kit storage?

We have 54 storage slots for members' boards and rigs and a few of these are vacant. Storage is popular. Many members like the convenience of keeping their kit at the Club and the quality of the sailing available at Watergrove is good enough so that many rarely sail elsewhere!

Do I need my own kit?

We have a wide range of Club boards and rigs that members occasionally use. Practically all members have their own kit. The club kit means that members who are fairly new to the sport can use that to start with, before deciding to buy some of their own. We also have some kit mainly for use by T15 youth sailors (normally 8 to 15 years old).There is a regular trade between members of boards and rigs as abilities progress, and a good grapevine of information on the latest equipment and where it can be found for the best prices. 

What about complete beginners?

As individuals, we have sometimes taught new members with no previous experience, but the most time-effective way of learning is to attend an RYA Start Windsurfing course at a Recognised Teaching Establishment, where they will have a wide range of beginners kit to try out. Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre (01706 370499) is an excellent teaching establishment just two miles away. When you have achieved your Start Windsurfing, or a higher level, you should easily be competent to sail at West Pennine WC.

What about Safety/Insurance at the Club?

Members will be made aware of the few dangers there are on this water. On occasion, if water levels are low then some shallow areas are to be avoided. A safety boat is sometimes available, and members are always on the look-out for anyone in difficulty. We have an excellent safety record, but members have to be aware they sail and use the facilities at their own risk, and indeed are required by the Club’s constitution to carry insurance against third party liability, such as that provided by RYA or UKWA membership (which we encourage), or through many household policies (but check the small print). The Club is affiliated to the RYA.

Other Activities

Watergrove is a good place for other activities as well as windsurfing/foiling. These include: wingfoiling, paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking. There is also a radio controlled model yachting group affiliated to WPWC. An excellent range of footpaths and bridlepaths (some permissive so not shown on maps) ensure that the club is a good starting point for walks and mountain bike rides. An angling club has the fishing rights for the reservoir.

Clubhouse – water supply

We are not connected to mains water, but keep a supply of bottled water on site. Our water supply is fine for showers and washing, but has to be boiled before drinking. Hot water is heated by gas. Space heating, when necessary, is by radiators and/or fan heaters. There is a microwave, kettle, and basic cooking facilities.

 

Address

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West Pennine Windsurfing Club
Watergrove Reservoir
Wardle
Rochdale
OL12 9NT

WPSC is a not-for-profit Community Amateur Sports Club trading as WPWC