Enjoy spectacular scenery on the "Oldham Way"


There is more than forty miles of local countryside to explore in the "Oldham Way",

The route can be broken down into seven manageable sections or done as one great walk.

Ken Smith from the Peak and Northern Footpath Society says one of the best ways to get people walking is to break it up to make it manageable.

“If you’re starting from scratch, find the nicest place or a good location on a route and just try a small section,” he says. “Just taste the Oldham Way rather than doing the whole thing, then come back another day and do the other half."

The walk starts at Dove Stone Reservoir and taking in Diggle and Denshaw, Dunwood, Chadderton Hall and Brookdale parks; and Park Bridge.

following the tops of the moors to the bottom with the canals, through hamlets in Saddleworth, to old architecture and history.

Exxperienced walkers can complete the whole 42 miles and successfully navigate its more strenuous and overgrown sections, but amilies might want to take the easy towpath along the canal or visit the well-maintained paths of Daisy Nook Country Park.

Descriptions of the seven different sections of the Oldham Way are now on the Oldham Council website, with information on distance, terrain and difficulty.