In the middle to the late 1980s, plans were in hand to re-route water filtration to the newly built Buckton Castle Works at Mossley. This entailed new pipes leading from the original Filer Plant at Ashway all the way to Mossley. The main pipe is now under the path on this (western) side of the reservoir. The contractors were going to landscape the ground back to a slope leading to the edge of Dove Stone reservoir. Following a meeting of the Dove Stone Working Party (the management team at that time for the area), it was suggested that the full length of the newly dug pipeline be flattened and surfaced to bring a new facility of allowing access for people in wheelchairs. This was duly carried out and provided a much better surface for all visitors.
The footpaths photos below (which was the main footpath before the disabled access path in 1989) shows how a wet path makes people step to one side thus causing another footpath and in this case even a third footpath. In 1986 rangers and volunteer rangers decided to make it into one reasonable path by digging out a drainage channel and resurfacing work. The final photo shows the present condition which has proved the work was worth the effort.