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Owl discOldham Way

64 km / 40 miles

Gtr Man
A walk around the borough, where the landscape varies from moorland to urban canal. It starts at Dove Stone Reservoir near Greenfield, and continues over Saddleworth Moor to Diggle and Castleshaw Moor to Denshaw. It then skirts the north of Shaw and Royton to meet the Rochdale Canal at Chadderton Hall Park. It follows the canal south through Chadderton to Failsworth, after which it joins the Medlock Valley to Daisy Nook and Park Bridge before climbing over Hartshead Pike to Quick. See also E-Routes (E2).

The overlapping circular Standedge Trail (12 miles and on OS mapping) is a moorland walk across the Pennines linking both ends of Standedge Tunnel, with remains from the canal, rail and turnpike eras.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Owl disc Waymark: Owl disc
Attributes: Challenging; Canal; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Moorland; Urban
Start and Finish:
SE017044 - Dove Stone Reservoir, Gtr Man
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Web Sites: GPS Routes - Oldham Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Folder: Oldham Way (Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council)
Leaflet: Standedge Trail (Kirklees Metropolitan Council)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 109110
OS Landranger Active: 109110
OS Explorer: 121277
OS Explorer Active: 121277

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Self-catering: Minster's Reach Apartments  (bookable online) < 1 Km 27 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hilton Chambers, Manchester 4 Km 39 Km

Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm
National Trails (England & Wales): Pennine Bridleway National Trail; Pennine Way National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Crompton Circuit; Medlock Valley Way; Rochdale Way; Standedge Trail; Tame Valley Way; Tameside Trail
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Other Paths: South Pennine Ring; Stanza Stones Trail; Three Ridings on Foot; Tops of the North (Three Shire Heads to Carlisle)
Anytime Challenges: Bog Dodgers Way; Cuckoo Walk; Dam Long Walk; Dark Peak Boundary Walk; New Five Trig Points Walk; Saddleworth Five Trig Points Walk; Saddleworth Skyline; Ten Reservoirs Walk
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Route Profile:

62.1 Km (38.6 miles)
1,638 m (5,374 ft) ascent
449 m (1,473 ft)  maximum height