There’s nothing like a good walk in the countryside to clear away the cobwebs. And we’re lucky enough, being located right next to the Saddleworth Moors, to have an abundance of walks and trails for you to choose from. With high moors, gritstone edges and a wonderful string of weaving hamlets, you can take your pick from a lengthy list of walks or trails, ranging from a gentle stroll to a hearty hike.
And what better way to finish your walk than with lunch at a cosy pub with a fantastic menu and roaring fire?
We’ve selected a number of walks below for you to choose from, and hope to see you afterwards, once you’ve worked up an appetite!
Just under 7km in distance, this relatively easy walk on average will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. It starts on the road leading down to Saddleworth Church, and there’s on street parking available if you need it. Along the route and close to the obelisk is the ‘Pots and Pans stone’, which has a number of natural circular cavities, which some believe look like cooking utensils. These can only be seen when you clamber up on to the stone – so make sure to give it a try when you get there!
A much harder walk than the Pots and Pans of Uppermill, this walk takes you round three reservoirs and gives you the opportunity to take in views from the top of Saddleworth Moor, and climb down a cascading waterfall! But you’ll need to factor in some time, at nearly 15km, this walk can take up to 5 hours 10 to complete.
The walk starts at the car park on Bank Lane, beside Dove Stone reservoir and takes you back to where you started.
This walk is an opportunity to discover thousands of years of history, following in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and Medieval Monks. The landscape is awash with fords, bridges, tunnels, locks and towpaths to name but a few.
To finish off our walking guide in the local area, we’d like to pay homage to the Wednesday Walkers, who published a book containing their favourite walks to celebrate their 25th anniversary – which they have now added to their website for all to enjoy. Simply click on the link and take a look at their incredible list of walks, which range from 3 miles to 13 miles in length.