Yesterday I was out walking in the northern fringes of the Peak District where I did a reccee for my local rambling club. We parked in Uppermill close to the leisure centre where the coach will park next week. Our route description started from the car park at Church Inn. We had not realised that this was a mile out of Uppermill, and all uphill.
We followed the signs for the Oldham Way, climbing continually up onto the moor.
We passed Slades Rocks and Shaw Rocks but the visibility was poor in the mist. We could just about make out the obelisk and War Memorial in the distance.
The War Memorial was erected in1923 to commemorate the soldiers from Saddleworth and the surrounding villages who died in WW1.
Nearby was the rock formation known as ‘Pots and Pans’
If you climb to the top of the rocks and peer inside there are several circular natural cavities’. Some people think they resemble cooking utensils, hence the name ‘Pots and Pans’.
The climbing was now almost done and we descended to the south to join Long Lane which was rather muddy, passing beneath Alderman’s Hill to reach a road.
We crossed the road to Binns Green car park and then descended through the wood to reach the track at Yeoman Hey Reservoir. In the wood we saw some pheasant.
We followed the lower track alongside the western shore of the reservoir before crossing a bridge over the outflow channel to continue our circuit along the eastern shore.
The mist had lifted and the sun came out rewarding us with some wonderful views.
We continued along Yeoman Hey reservoir to reach Dovestones Reservoir turning right at the Memorial forest to cross over Chew Brook.
Our route description suggested that we return by climbing Alderman’s Hill but this would have entailed another 1000 ft of ascent and we could have run out of daylight, and energy. We decided on an alternative route turning left at the sailing club to follow Bradbury Lane to join up with the Oldham Way. The sun was still just above the horizon making for superb lighting.
The light began to fade as we dropped down to Greenfield and picked up the Tame Valley Way which we followed back to Uppermill.
10.5 miles with 2900 feet of ascent. A beautiful walk on what felt like a Spring day.