Saddleworth Walk – Grains Bar, Heights, Delph Circular
This is a fine Sadddleworth walk involving some climbing to Heights and Grains Bar. Starting at the car park at Grains Bar, join the Crompton Circuit at Grains Bar junction. Follow the Crompton Circuit until it reaches a pylon then descend down the path past Old Tame to the A672 Oldham Road. Cross the road and go down Horest Lane to pass the childrens nursery and properties at Slackcote. From Slackcote follow the track to Denshaw Road. Cross Denshaw Road and go past the cricket ground and up to Heights Lane.
At the end of Heights Lane turn left and then uphill on Broad Lane to reach the church and the Royal Oak public house at Heights. The pub has limited opening hours but If it is open it is well worth calling in for some liquid refreshments. From the Royal Oak go through the gate and down through the fields to rejoin Denshaw Road at Delph.
Follow the road on this Saddleworth walk into Delph village, cross the bridge just before the Swan Inn and turn right by the River Tame. The path follows the river for a while then goes past a play area on the left and allotments on the right. It then heads towards industrial buildings and continues through the companies yard to the Tame Valley.
A metal bridge is then crossed and the path heads first up by a house, then down back into the Tame Valley. The route proceeds until the prominent signpost for Denshaw and Grains Bar is seen on the left. Follow the track uphill through the woods and heather, all the way back to Grains Bar and reward yourself with a drink at the Kings Arms.
This Saddleworth walk is exactly 5 miles and takes 2 hours 15 minutes.