Saddleworth Hike – Wharmton Hill, Saddleworth Golf Course Circular
This Saddleworth hike is a figure of eight walk starting at Greenfield railway station. Like most of the Saddleworth hike routes this is a hill walk with some climbing, mainly at the beginning. Fortunately the views more than compensate. The route goes up the steep footpath off Ladcastle Road and above the now disused Moorgate Quarry. The quarry was in use up to the mid 1970’s and there has been talk of it becoming a designated nature reserve. The disused quarry has an abundance of flora, birdlife, insects and waterlife.
There are good views over Uppermill, the Chew Valley, and in the distance, to the war memorial near Pots and Pans, which was built in 1923. The obelisk was sited here in order to be visible to all of the seven villages in Saddleworth. The path goes over the Saddleworth golf course on Colt Hill Lane, which is really just a dirt track. It’s then downhill all the way to Tame Water at Dobcross. Then begins the climb back up to the golf course at Wall Hill Lane via the fields near Higher Wade Hill.
Next it’s back over the golf course and on the path to Burnedge Lane, although before the path reaches Burnedge Lane we take a diversion around Wharmton Hill. This section can be quite muddy at times especially after heavy rain but the views over Grasscroft, Greenfield and in the distance Mossley, more than make up for it.
The mast at the summit of Wharmton Hill is always in view before the climb down to Shaw Hall and the A670 Oldham Road. From here it’s a short walk back to Greenfield railway station to complete this particular Saddleworth hike. The walk is 4.2 miles in length and takes around 1 hour 45 minutes.