By Turnpike and Towpath in Saddleworth
Walk Length: approximately two miles circular.
Grade: easy, on pavements and tow-path, accessible by wheelchair users.
Start: The Saddleworth Museum car-park, High Street, Uppermill.
Grid Reference: SD 99656 05621. Postcode: OL3 6HS
Public transport: Bus 184 from Oldham, Manchester, Huddersfield. Bus 350 from Ashton, 351 from Rochdale.
Greenfield Museum carpark is free for up to three hours; roadside parking in Carr Lane or by Civic Hall or swimming pool.
Saddleworth is an old Yorkshire parish made up of a number of picturesque villages including Delph, Diggle, Denshaw, Dobcross, Greenfield and Uppermill. The Pennine ridge is at its narrowest at Standedge and the Roman Military road from York to Chester, the medieval saltways, several packhorse tracks, three turnpikes and the canal and railway have all used this crossing. Our route follows Uppermill High Street and the Wool Road, passing milestones and tollhouses, before turning back along the towpath of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Allow time to visit the museum.