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Owl discOldham Way

64 km / 40 miles

Gtr Manchester
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.

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
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SE017044 - Dove Stone Reservoir, Gtr Manchester
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Oldham Way (Oldham Tourist Information Centre - 1990-1992)


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