Wednesday Walkers

Our Favourite Walks

To celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary we published a book containing 25 of our favourite walks. We have now decided to publish these walks on our web site so they will be available for all to enjoy.

If you have enjoyed one or more of these walks why not show your appreciation by making a donation to Oldham Mountain Rescue.

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List of Walks

  1. Our Inaugural Walk. This was our very first Wednesday Walk on the 2nd of April 1986 and led by Ida Ashworth. The walk starts at the Clarence Hotel Greenfield and includes Dovestones and Yeoman Hey reservoirs. Total distance 6 miles.

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  2. Friezland. This walk starts at Friezland church and takes in the canal towpath and Tame Valley Way. Total distance 3 miles.

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  3. Daisy Nook. Start at the car park near the bottom of Bardsley Brow on the main Oldham to Ashton Road. The walk takes in the Daisy Nook Country Park and Woodhouses. Total distance 5 miles.

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  4. Brownhill, Uppermill and Greenfield. Start at the Brownhill Visitors Centre Cafè. The walk visits the Saddleworth Villages of Uppermill and Greenfield. Total distance 5 miles.

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  5. Strinesdale and Bishops Park. The walk starts at Culvert Street, Waterhead. Car users can park at the Strinesdale Centre and join the walk there. Total distance 5 miles.

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  6. Waterhead to Daisy Nook. This is a linear walk starting at Waterhead and taking in some of our industrial heritage at Park Bridge Iron Works and on to Daisy Nook. Total distance 5.75 miles.

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  7. Royton Summit to Boat and Horses Chadderton. This is a linear walk taking in Tandle Hill Park and the Rochdale Canal. Total distance 6.5 miles.

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  8. Uppermill Circular. This walk starts in Uppermill and passes below Pots and Pans, around Dovestones and back via Friezland. Total distance 6.7 miles.

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  9. Greenfield. Starting at the Clarence Hotel in Greenfield this is a lovely high level walk over Alderman Hill and Pots and Pans. Total distance 7 miles.

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  10. Around Ripponden. From the centre of Ripponden passing Ryburn and Baitings reservoirs. Total distance 7.5 miles.

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  11. White House, Littleborough. This is a high level but relatively flat walk from the White House pub and passing three major reservoirs. Total distance 7.75 miles.

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  12. Bride Stones Moor. A circular walk from Todmorden passing Dobroyde Castle, Todmorden edge and Bride Stones. Some steep climbing but well worth the effort. Total distance 8 miles.

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  13. Delph Circular. A very varied walk from Delph centre, Going by Heights Church, Castleshaw, Brun Clough and returning via Brownhill Visitors Centre. Total distance 8.5 miles.

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  14. The Beauty Spots of Middleton. Starting at Middleton bus station this walk takes you through some very pleasant areas around what is usually considered to be an urban area. Unfortunately part of the walk had to be changed from the original one published in the book due to footpath closures. Total distance 8.5 miles.

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  15. Around the Wessenden Valley. This walk following parts of the Pennine and Colne Valley circular path. Also passing the reservoirs in the Wessenden Valley. Total distance 8.5 miles.

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  16. Crow Hill and Great Manshead Hill. This is a linear walk starting at the village of Triangle, on the Rochdale to Halifax road, climbing over Great Manshead and ending at the White House Inn. Total distance 8.5 miles.

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  17. Green Withens Reservoir. A circular walk starting at Booth Wood reservoir, passing over open moorland and returning via Green Withens reservoir. Total distance 9 miles.

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  18. Norland Moor. Starting from Ripponden Conservative Club the walk crosses the gritstone plateau of Norland Moor. Total distance 9 miles.

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  19. Bacup Circular. Start from the bottom of Yorkshire Street in the centre of Bacup. The walk has some fine views of the Irwell Valley between Bacup and Burnley. Total distance 9 miles.

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  20. Kinder Scout. This is a circular walk starting at the lay-by on the A624 Glossop to Hayfield road and visits Kinder Downfall via the Pennine Way. Total distance 10 miles.

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  21. Hardcastle Crags. Start at the National Trust car park at Midgehole. The walk takes in Hebden Dale, Gorple lower reservoir, part of the Pennine Way and Heptonstall. A varied and intersting Walk. Total distance 10 miles.

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  22. Peel Tower, Ramsbottom. A circular walk passing by Peel Tower, Holcombe rifle ranges and Jumbles reservoir. Total distance 10.5 miles.

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  23. Ogden Clough and Wilderness. Starting at Carrbrook this circular walk visiting Chew reservoir and Ormes moor. Total distance 10.75 miles.

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  24. Marvellous Marple Meander. From Brabyns Park at Marple Bridge this ia a varied walk with lakes, rivers and woode valleys. Total distance 10.75 miles.

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  25. Brontë Falls and Top Withins. A circular walk from the National Trust car park at Hardcastle Craggs to Brontë falls and returning via Top Withins. Total distance 13 miles.

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And finally a poem titled "A Wednesday Walk" by Frank Holt.

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If you have enjoyed one or more of these walks why not show your appreciation by making a donation to Oldham Mountain Rescue.