Saddleworth Village Trails, Heritage Trails, Audio trails
& The Castleshaw Quest
We are fortunate to be surrounded by a network of lanes, footpaths and bridleways with excellent public access.
Our centre is located only a short distance from the remains of Castleshaw Roman Fort. There are information boards at the fort, but further details can be accessed via the Visit Oldham website.
A number of walking routes which take in the local Saddleworth villages are available from this site in PDF format. Castleshaw Heritage trails and audio trails, which give an insight into the area's rich history are also available to download.
You will also discover The Castleshaw Quest , an adventure walk aimed at younger participants which takes in the area around the lower Castleshaw reservoir.
For the more adventurous, this 10 /12km walk begins in Delph and passes through the grounds of Castleshaw centre, before climbing to the top of the Pennines and descending into the Diggle valley.
The link below provides route maps, detailed directions and an excellent guide to the history of the local area.
Please Note The route as described is not completely circular! Be prepared for a 2km return to Delph either via the Delph Donkey public bridleway, or via the delightful village of Dobcross. Public transport is also available if energy levels are running low!
This route, starting in the neighbouring Diggle valley, can be accessed from the centre on foot using public rights of way. The 6.5km route (10km from Castleshaw Centre) consists of canal towpath, lanes and bridleways. It may be strenuous, but it is well worth the effort - and there are a number of cafes and ice- cream stops should you find yourself flagging!
A PDF map is available for download using the link below.
The Oldham Way
The Oldham Way is a long distance (approx. 40 miles) waymarked trail which encircles the Borough of Oldham.
A slight variation of this route is used for the annual Oldham Way Ultra event, which starts and finishes here at Castleshaw Centre.
Pennine Bridleway & the Diggle Jiggle
This 17km mountain bike route makes use of local lanes and bridleways, including the Pennine Bridleway which passes through the Castleshaw Valley. A PDF map is available for download.
We are only a few miles away from Dovestone Reservoir - a popular local destination now managed by the RSPB.