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Things to do in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester

The area of Saddleworth encompasses several villages, they are Denshaw, Delph, Diggle, Uppermill, Greenfield and Grasscroft.

Rocks overlooking Dovestone Reservoir
Rocks overlooking Dovestone Reservoir © Jeremy - stock.adobe.com

These villages were in the area known as the West Riding of Yorkshire.

However, in 1974 much to the dismay of the residents, Saddleworth was placed in Oldham, Greater Manchester, for the convenience of the council.

Many of the residents refuse to accept this and still say they live in Yorkshire.

Sunset over Dovestone Reservoir
Sunset over Dovestone Reservoir © paul walsh/EyeEm - stock.adobe.com

The area is made up of rugged moorland, villages and farms.

In earlier times the inhabitants were mostly farming communities.

The Huddersfield Canal, Saddleworth
The Huddersfield Canal, Saddleworth © John Eccles - stock.adobe.com

Today there is a greater diversity of people, some who have moved from towns to enjoy country life.

This has led to lots of new houses being built.

The Britannia 70000 steam train crossing over the Saddleworth Viaduct
The Britannia 70000 steam train crossing over the Saddleworth Viaduct © Steve - stock.adobe.com

There are several areas of natural beauty.

Dovestone has sailing on the lake and a walk with wheelchair access all the way round, (the walk takes about 1.5 hours).

Saddleworth Moors
Saddleworth Moors © Jean Ann Fitzhugh

There are train links with Manchester and Huddersfield, every half hour.

Uppermill is the main village, which is popular with tourists, it has plenty of cafe facilities and lots of shops, there is a children's playground, walks along the canal and a lovely garden centre with its own cafe just outside the main village.

Heather on Saddleworth Moors
Heather on Saddleworth Moors © Jean Ann Fitzhugh

The people are very friendly and will make you welcome

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