Pub Walks In Saddleworth – Cross Keys & Diggle Hotel.
Pub walks in Saddleworth includes a visit to the Cross Keys at Pobgreen and the Diggle Hotel at Diglea.
Starting at the canalside car park on the A670 Wool Road at Dobcross, the route heads towards Uppermill. Just past the mini roundabout and before the viaduct turn left up Brownhill Lane. The lane eventually becomes a path going past Ryefields. The cenotaph at ‘Pots and Pans’ is prominent up to the right ahead and the church near Pobgreen directly ahead.
The route turns right at the church and carries on up to the Cross Keys, a JW Lees tied house at Pobgreen. The stone building next to the Cross Keys is the HQ of the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team. After sampling the liquid refreshments at the Cross Keys the route goes behind the pub along Running Hill Gate.
At a crossroads bear left downhill at Running Hill Lane and turn right to reach Ward Lane. A right turn and the lane heads uphill to Kiln Green and then reaches the Diggle Hotel at Diglea. The Diggle Hotel dates back to the 16th Century and featured as a location in the TV detective series Dalziel and Pascoe. There is always a good selection of cask ales such as Timothy Taylor and Black Sheep. On the numerous occasions I have dined there, the food has always been excellent.
After wining and dining in the Diggle Hotel cross the nearby railway bridge and turn left to head along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. The canal runs parallel with the railway line. At lock 32 West the route heads left up the lane back to Ward Lane, then right to Holly Grove, a small hamlet overlooking the canal and railway.
Eventually the track reaches Brownhill Lane and goes downhill back to the starting point. to complete the first of the pub walks in Saddleworth.