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Map of the Saddleworth Area

The numbers on the map relate to the following activities, museums and other days out.

  1. Tameside 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
  2. Saddleworth 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.
  3. Saddleworth 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 admission charge.
    Tel. 01457 874093/870336
  4. Pennine 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.
    See our Contact Page.
  5. Alexandra 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. Admission free.
    Tel. 01457 876675
  6. Oldham 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.
  7. Local 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.
  8. Millgate Theatre: Theatre in the delightful village of Delph showing plays 4 times a year and used by the Saddleworth Film Society.
    Tel. 01457 874644
  9. Saddleworth Viaduct: Above Uppermill the canal passes under the Saddleworth Viaduct, an impressive engineering structure with a fine example of a skew arch.
  10. Brownhill 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
  11. Wool Road Slipway: By Brownhill Countryside Centre, a slipway available for British Waterways licence holders.
    Tel. 01484 844298
  12. Transhipment 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.
  13. Diggle 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.
  14. Standedge 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.
  15. Pennine Way: Part of the 250-mile walk runs through wild country on the eastern edge of Saddleworth.
  16. Standedge 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.
  17. Close 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.
  18. Marsden 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
  19. Marsden: 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.
  20. Marsden 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
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