Saddleworth Festival

of the Arts

Guided walks

On Wednesday 10th June there will be four guided walks at different levels (easy to strenuous), three of which celebrate the 800th anniversary of Saddleworth Church, and the history and development of its surrounding landscape. A fourth walk will take in the Snow Stone, one of a series of stones carved with poems from writer Simon Armitage's famous Stanza Stones.

Uppermill viaduct

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. Refreshments will be available before the walks, 9.30-10.30am, and afterwards in the Methodist Church, Uppermill.

10.30am Walk One: 6 miles at a gentle pace to Saddleworth Church and around Uppermill, showing the development of the landscape. Led by Elizabeth Brown.

10.30 am Walk Two: 7 miles at a moderate pace up to Ryefields and on to Saddleworth Church. Then via Running Hill Gate to the Diggle Hotel and the Standedge Tunnel (Diggle Entrance) along the canal towpath to the Brownhill Countryside Centre and back. There will be information on various historical features. Led by Chris Maylor and Rachel Heaton.

10.00 am Walk Three: 9 miles at a fairly brisk pace. Towards Delph, passing the viaduct, coming back over the hills to Saddleworth School and Saddleworth Church, continuing towards Greenfield below Pots and Pans to Dovestones reservoir and back to Uppermill. It will show the changes in the area during the last half century. Led by Malcolm Wimpenny.

10.00 am Walk Four: 11 miles strenuous with steep hills and rough terrain.The walk will go through Dobcross and Diggle. Then up Boat Lane to Pule Hill and the Snow Stone, returning on the Standedge Trail via Bleak Hey Nook and Harrop Green and it will join the canal on the return to Uppermill. Led by Phillida Shipp and Janet Reid.

None of the walks are suitable for wheelchairs, or buggies. No dogs except for guide dogs for the blind. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. All walks start from and finish at the Methodist Church, Uppermill. An Oldham Park Ranger, accompanied by Chris Maylor, author of Saddleworth Discovery Walks, will lead the level two walk and the other walks will be led by members of the Wednesday Walkers group.