Public Transport based walk suitable for new walkers, with Chris Wareing.
This walk is suitable for new members, but it is 'moderate' and there are two relatively prolonged uphill sections which we won't rush over. Please come prepared for these!
This walk captures nearly all the different aspects of Saddleworth, by walking along the Manchester-Huddersfield canal, over the top of Wharmton Hill to view the entire valley, down to the railway viaduct by the Brownhill Visitor Centre and teashop, then along the disused railway line to the picturesque village of Delph, used many times as a filming location. From there, we get to the second climb of the day up and over Lark Hill before dropping into Diggle. From here, it's up the other side of the valley to Saddleworth Church and the The Church Inn with its own (cheap!) beer. A stop there for a pint, before we descend down into Greenfield and to the traditional stop at the Railway Inn opposite the station.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport
We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.
09:30: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 09:43. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.
Off-peak day return is £4.20. Other tickets may be available to combine with your journey into Manchester.
09:43: Train departs for the walk start at Greenfield Station.
10:15: Walk starts at Greenfield Station.
Return from Greenfield Station. xx:58 until 21:58
Waypoints: Greenfield Station, canal to Royal George Mills, Wharmton Hill, Brownhill Visitor Centre, Delph Donkey disused railway line, Delph, Lark Hill, Diggle, The Church Inn, Greenfield, The Railway Inn (opp.
No toilets at the walk start, use those at Victoria or on the train. There are some relatively steep up and downs that shouldn't be too muddy, so gaiters may be beneficial. There's a stop by a tea shop late morning (with toilets), a pub mid-afternoon and a pub at the end of the walk.