Saddleworth

"When God made Yorkshire and Lancashire, He laid aside the precious bits of jewelled earth. And when He had completed the two shires He took the beautiful things He had saved and made Saddleworth to be a little Shire on its own''. Ammon Wrigley.

You are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome when you visit the Boarshurst Centre, in Saddleworth, on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

The beauty of Saddleworth combined with the range of activities on offer in the area make it an exceptional choice for both the occasional and more serious walker, providing varied and interesting challenges. Outdoor activities available in the area include Field Studies, Fell Walking, Rock Climbing, Caving, Cycling, Pony Trekking, Swimming, Canoeing, Sailing, Running, Angling, Orienteering and even Llama Trekking is catered for.

Saddleworth's immediate area stretches from the moors of the Dark Peak in the east and westward to the conurbation of Greater Manchester. It is a most picturesque part of the Pennines with many miles of high, wild moorland and gritstone edges - whilst in the valleys, there are reservoirs, rivers and canals. The whole area has long been a favourite of visitors of all types because of the interesting traditional villages with their many lowland paths.

Saddleworth, with its rich local history and the newly restored Huddersfield Canal, is within 30 minutes of Manchester City centre. It is an area of delightful countryside and encompasses the villages of Delph, Denshaw, Diggle, Dobcross, Grasscroft, Greenfield and Uppermill.