3.1 of 5 (16 votes)

Saddleworth Moor

A moderate walk (moorland) in national park Peak District in Lancashire, England, about 19.84km (12.33 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:00. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 421m (1381ft)
Loss 435m (1427ft)
Max. Elevation 580m (1902ft)
Elevation (total) 856m (2808ft)
Start & End
Distance 19.84km
Duration ~6:00
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 19 Aug 2010
It's amazing how quickly you can leave the city for some wild moorland. Saddleworth Moor is just ten miles from the centre of Manchester, but feels like another world. This route, which starts in Greenfield, circuits the reservoirs near the town before heading out onto the moor, through which the Pennine Way passes. Crowded country it may be, but the countryside is never far away.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


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Start by taking the train to Greenfield. There are buses that run nearer to the main part of the walk, but personally I enjoy a good nose around other towns. Head through the town along Chew Valley Road.
Through Boarshurst About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
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As you leave Greenfield, head for the adjacent village of Boarshurst. beyond here, footpaths lead you to the Oldham Way on the edge of the moor.
Between the reservoirs About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
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The Oldham Way passes between Yeoman Hey Reservoir and Dovestone Reservoir.
Saddleworth Moor About 0.82 km (~0.51 miles) from
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Climb up the slopes of Ashway Hey and you are then right on the edge of the moor. Follow the edge of the moor eastwards as it passes some steep gullies.
Holme Clough About 1.87 km (~1.16 miles) from
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Just south of the A635, follow the southern side of Holme Clough to its source. From here, take a west-southwest bearing to Black Hill.
Black Hill About 3.12 km (~1.94 miles) from
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The ground from the clough to the summit cairn is rough and boggy going, but it gets easier from here - Black Hill is on the Pennine Way, so you can follow the clear path southwards.
Laddow Rocks About 3.88 km (~2.41 miles) from
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A long and hugely enjoyable romp takes you south along the eastern edge of Saddleworth Moor. At Laddow Rocks, take the footpath dropping down to Chew Reservoir.
Chew Reservoir About 1.38 km (~0.86 miles) from
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Follow the path on the southern side of the reservoir. Beyond the reservoir, the path drops into Chew Brook.
Chew Piece Plantation About 2.69 km (~1.67 miles) from
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The path meets the Oldham Way, which weaves beneath Dovestone Reservoir and back towards Greenfield.
Back into Greenfield About 1.80 km (~1.12 miles) from
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Re-enter the town for another nose around, or maybe just a pint in the Railway Hotel on Shaw Hall Bank Road.
Train home About 1.31 km (~0.81 miles) from
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Back to the station for the train home.

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