Stunning Scenery, Llamas!!, History and traditions.
Weather can be rough!
A chance to try something different!
This hugely popular centre is situated right in the heart of Saddleworth-between Dobcross and Uppermill.It is surrounded by some truly dramatic and rugged Pennine scenery.A large picnic area has been provided outside for visitors,while children will enjoy exploring the special nature garden nearby.a small two floored building shows exhibits of...more
Uppermill is one of several villages that make up the borough of Saddleworth,it lies on the River tame in a valley amongst the South Pennines.It is eleven and a half miles north east of Manchester and forms an urban district with the next village of 'Dobcross',together these villages have a combined population of 7,500.Uppermill is generally...more
Canal boat trips along the Huddersfield narrow canal are available from outside the museum in Uppermill.They last 1 hour and go through two locks. The Dunge booth lock and the Limekiln lock. TIMETABLESaturday 1.00pm & 3.00pmSunday 12.00 noon, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm & 4.00pmWednesday 1.00pm & 2.00pmDuring School Holidays there are trips...more
The museum stands in a great location next to the Huddersfield canal where boat rides leave from. A small charge is made for entrance to the museum as it is independent and run as a registered charity. The collection includes pieces from prehistoric times up to the present day. There are also photographs, maps and parish records.Saddleworth was at...more
Before and after the trek, there is the chance to look around the farm. Rare breed sheep (fraid I cant recall the breed at the moment,) horses, ducks (and newly hatched ducklings) Chickens, hens, peahens, sheepdogs, cats and about 10 different breeds of owl (one cage had an 8 week old baby owl with its mother)As well as the 4 llamas that were on...more
GBP20 (2004 price) buys you the chance to spend about 5 hours walking with llamas!The Llamas walk at a gentle pace, giving you plenty of time to admire the scenery of Saddleworths Moorland and villages. It's quite amusing spotting passing motorists faces as they take a second look at the llamas!Contrary to popular belief, Lllamas don't spit at you,...more
Instead of rushing about Saddleworth this summer, get out of the car, or better still, leave it at home and come on a bus. Saddleworth is best explored on foot - at a pace which suits the place - the pace that allows you to meet people and talk to them. Saddleworth is a beautiful place - one of its chief attractions is its folk - the older the...more
Just stop rushing about and look all around you at every inch of Saddleworth before it disappears. The process has already begun - it is continuing apace. Buildings are going up on any bit of spare ground - soon they will start on the really beautiful bits of saddleworth - up on the hills. Don't let them.more
A quaint little café on the main street. The café sells homemade freshly baked delicious looking cup cakes. I just had a delicious cup of latte.There are 12 flavours of cupcakes, shortcake scones, chocolate chunk brownie and also milkshakes and delicious coffee’s and tea.OPENING TIMESMON CLOSEDTUE CLOSEDWED 10:30AM - 5:00PMTHUR 10:30AM - 5:00PMFRI...more
I didn’t buy any fish and chips here on this visit as I was heading towards Oldham and Wetherspoons. As I was leaving the village Betty’s was open and there was quite a queue. EAT IN OR TAKE AWAYThe next time I visit Uppermill, which will be quite soon, I shall try the fish and chips and give a verdict. Watch this space!!!!more
The Kings has changed hands in February of 2011, they have new chefs and the place has had a refurb. The food is fabulous and well presented, priced about right and they have a large range of beers and lagers to choose from. Also, a very good wine list. Lovely beer garden to the rear and ample parking.Recommended!!! My favourite dish was the Salt...more
I bought some pork pies here as they are usually very tasty from village butchers.
I wasn’t disappointed.
The butcher was very friendly and the pork pies delicious.
What to buy: PORK PIES.....DELICIOUS
This event has often been described as 'The Greatest Free Show on Earth'!! Well that might be stretching things a bit far, but then again I haven't visited this event, YET!!Whit Friday afternoon and evening, 20th May 2005 was the most recent chance to witness over 100 brass bands, playing at about 20 open air venues around Saddleworth. This event...more
Whitsuntide, was considered to be an important time in the Christian calender, especially in the North of England. Traditionally new clothes were bought or made for the celebration. Whit Walks (or Procession of witness) traditionally took part, especially in the NW of England on the Friday. A procession would leave each church, headed by the local...more
The villages of Saddleworth hold many festivals each year. One that caught my eye is the annual Beer Walk!21st May 2005 is the 32nd Saddleworth Roundtable Beer Walk.Upto 1,400 walkers have been known to set off, many wearing fancy costume, with the aim of completing the course that passes through the villages and countryside around the...more
Don't be fooled by the look of the weather first thing in the morning - it can change and probably will before lunchtime.Me and my mate, Tim Shaw, set out from Edale one bright June morning to do the first day of the Pennine Way. By the time we reached the Great Westen at Standedge, near Marsden, we'd had torrential rain, hailstones, hurricane...more
Although on my visit we were very lucky to have hot and sunny weather, it can be quite bleak up here.The weather can change rapidly, and some areas are very exposed, so even if you set off on the moor in good weather, come prepared for it to change.Sunscreen was necessary on our trek, there were some red necks and noses in our group...yes, I'm...more
Luggage and bags:
A small daysack.
The llamas have "panniers" to carry light loads.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking boots, waterproofs, fleece. Layers that you can easily remove/add to depending on the changeable weather conditions.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: lip salve, moisturiser, it can be breezy up here.
Photo Equipment: Plenty of panoramic views up here, plus the Llamas!
Wide angle lens etc.
Probably able to buy film at one of the shops in Delph/Denshaw
Miscellaneous: Snacks, water and packed lunch. (There is a lunch break, where there are cafes and pubs that serve meals, or have a picnic by the riverside)
Walk back from Alphin Pke into the vastness of the moors - listen to the hurried grouse as he springs up from beneath your feet, hurtling his 'gobeck' through the mists that roll in quickly. Feel the swirling wind as it buffets you along, as you lurch down into gulleys and then scramble up out of them - feel the cotton grass bounce beneath your...more
The area in general is "off the beaten track"We didn't encounter any other walkers, and although the villages of Delph and Denshaw were fairly busy, no where near as crowded as the "touristy" Holmfirth (Last of The Summer Wine), or Marsden (Home is Where The Heart is), which are nearby.In Winter, this area can be cut off, when the heavy snow falls,...more