Coronavirus / Covid-19
Following recent changes in government advice regarding Covid-19 to avoid all non-essential travel and maintain social distancing, all walks and other activities are cancelled until further notice.
We will continue to review the situation in line with guidance issued by the government. Further information can be found here, and will be udpated in due course.
The Saddleworth Valley offers glorious and varied countryside and is rich in history as a Transpennine crossing route, including the Stanage Tunnel which is the longest and highest canal tunnel in the country. From Greenfield Station Dan and I will lead you up the valley along centuries-old canals and former railway routes before gaining the open upland farming country that leads to the old turnpiked Transpennine crossing at Stanage. In the days of horse drawn canal boats the horses were led across the Pennines here while the boats were 'legged' through the Stanage tunnel. If conditions allow we may follow the horses' steps and cross over to Marsden in West Yorkshire before taking public transport back to Greenfield Station. Otherwise our return to Greenfield will be on foot via Diggle. If wanted we can stop off at a local café or pub for a pint and/or coffee at the end of the day.
The tops of the Pennines are exposed and wild so be prepared for rough going underfoot, some uneven and muddy terrain and harsh weather. Full waterproofs and warm clothing should be carried even if the weather forecast is warm and fair as conditions can change without warning. Please bring any concessionary passes and sufficient cash for a bus or train fare of up to about £7.
Starting point altitude: 370m
Example high point altitude: 458m
Distance 10-12 miles
Meeting time for breakfast: 10.00 am for breakfast at Station Brew, which is directly opposite the station. (first come first served, up to 6 places available to book as it's a small café. Contact Sarah asap to arrange booking. Additional hungry GOC members can pre order a takeaway, again contact Sarah)
Equipment: walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, warm clothing, hat and gloves. Trekking pole(s) recommended if normally used.
Terrain / Difficulty
Moderate to difficult with some steep climbs