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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
Owl disc
Challenging; Canal; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Moorland; Urban
Start and Finish
SE017044 - Dove Stone Reservoir, Gtr Man
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Oldham Way (Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council)
Standedge Trail (Kirklees Metropolitan Council)


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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Walkers are Welcome
3 Km
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Minster's Reach Apartments  (bookable online)
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27 Km
Hostel Accommodation
4 Km
39 Km

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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