Trail: A fascinating 40-mile circular walk, broadly following
the Tameside boundary and linking together fiver valleys, country parks
and many areas of interest. The route crosses the canal at Division
Bridge on Calf Lane.
Tel. 0161 330 9613
Villages: The Pennine villages of Delph, Diggle, Dobcross and
Uppermill present a scene that has remained unchanged for many years
with their stone weavers' cottages, clothiers' and merchants' houses
and village squares. The villages offer recreational opportunities for
walking alongside the canal, browsing in the craft shops or enjoying
a visit to one of the traditional public houses.
Museum and Art Gallery, Uppermill: Housed in an old mill building
right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, it depicts the heritage
of Saddleworth life including exhibitions on landscape, transport and
a working woollen mill. Art gallery with changing exhibitions. Small
Tel. 01457 874093/870336
Moonraker Canal Trips, Uppermill: Our very own Pennine Moonraker
starts its trips adjacent to the Saddleworth Museum (see above). Read
through the rest of the site for information about the huge variety
of trips we offer.
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Craft Centre, Uppermill: A converted woollen mill, the Centre
has a wide range of arts and crafts including designer jewellery, canal
ware, original art, furniture and stained glass. Gift shops and cafes.
Tel. 01457 876675
Way: A 40-mile circular route around the Oldham Borough boundary,
split into seven different sections with return routes. It incorporates
sections of canal, Peak District National Park, Dove Stone reservoir,
Saddleworth villages, Pennine moorland and much more. Leaflets available
from Saddleworth and Oldham Tourist Information Centres.
Interest Trails, Saddleworth: Walking routes taking in the history
and architecture of the Saddleworth area and villages and the importance
of the canal in the area's development. Leaflets available from the
Saddleworth Tourist Information Centre.
Theatre: Theatre in the delightful village of Delph showing plays
4 times a year and used by the Saddleworth Film Society.
Tel. 01457 874644
Viaduct: Above Uppermill the canal passes under the Saddleworth
Viaduct, an impressive engineering structure with a fine example of
a skew arch.
Countryside Centre: On the canal just north of Uppermill, beneath
the Saddleworth Viaduct, with changing displays and information on the
Tame Valley and surrounding area. Admission free.
Tel. 01457 872598
Road Slipway: By Brownhill Countryside Centre, a slipway available
for British Waterways licence holders.
Tel. 01484 844298
Warehouse, Dobcross: Formerly for the trans-shipping of goods
from canal to pack horse, this building has been restored and is used
as a community facility. It is the location for many of the Private
cruises on the Pennine Moonraker.
Flight of Locks: This is the most impressive group of locks on
the canal, making the final climb to the summit against a stunning moorland
backdrop. Restored in 1996, they will soon be used for their original
purpose by boats making the Trans-Pennine trip via Standedge Tunnel.
Tunnel: At nearly 3 1/4 miles this is the longest, highest and
deepest canal tunnel in the UK. Work costing £5m has already started
to restore the tunnel and it is due to be completed by April 2001.
Way: Part of the 250-mile walk runs through wild country on the
eastern edge of Saddleworth.
Trail: A 12-mile circular walk links both ends of Standedge Tunnel revealing
a unique concentration of remains from the canal, rail and turnpike
eras. Includes structures by Thomas Telford and John Carter, known as
'Blind Jack' of Knaresorough.
Gate Bridge, Hey Green: This packhorse bridge, known locally
as Eastergate Bridge, dating from the 17th or 18th century, stands on
the old packhorse road to Rochdale that can be followed out of the valley.
This is just one of the historic transport routes that have helped to
shape the Colne Valley.
Moor Estate: Over 5000 acres of moorland cared for by The National
Trust can be explored by paths providing a selection of walks of varying
distances. A programme of events, activities and guided walks runs throughout
the year. A free leaflet details 6 self-guided walks.
Tel. 01484 847016
This village stands at an important, traditional Trans-Pennine crossing
point. Historic packhorse bridge, village stocks, fine church, associations
with the Luddite riots and grave of Enoch Taylor. Marsden is frequently
used to film 'Last of the Summer Wine' and has featured in several other
TV series and films.
Mechanics Institute: An imposing stone building erected in 1861
for the education of working men. It is held to be one of the finest
village institutes in the country. The building now houses a library
and community hall and is home to the Mikron Theatre Company.
Tel. 01484 843701