Saddleworth Walk – Castleshaw Reservoirs, Delph, Heights Circular
Saddleworth has some of the best scenery and attractive villages in the Greater Manchester area. This Saddleworth walk is around the Castleshaw/Delph/Heights areas. See map.
This particular walk Saddleworth walk starts at the public car parking area on Waterworks Road near the Castleshaw Centre for outdoor and environmental education. From the car park join Cote Lane, near the old Castleshaw Roman Fort and turn left along the southern edge of the Castleshaw Lower Reservoir. At the reservoir corner go down steps and through the gate to Hull Brook then turn left to follow the brook to Hull Mill Dam. After the dam the path carries on to come out near the White Lion public house in Delph.
Go round the front and side of the pub and then continue on up Denshaw Road for a short distance to Lodge Lane. Where Lodge Lane divides take the middle track signposted ‘Horseshoe Trail’. This eventually finishes at the properties at the top of the lane. Following the signposted directions carry on through the fields up to the Royal Oak public house on Broad Lane at Heights. If the weather is favourable and the pub is open, a drink sat outside while admiring the views is highly recommended.
Continue this Saddleworth walk by climbing up Broad Lane to a crossroads. From the crossroads take the signposted direction on the right heading downhill towards Wood Farm. Wood Farm is above the north east side of Castleshaw Lower Reservoir. Going past the farm entrance leads to the access road at Castleshaw Upper Reservoir. It’s then a case of following the track around Castleshaw Upper Reservoir to Dirty Lane then Cote Lane and back to the car park and starting point.
This Saddleworth walk is 4.55 miles in length and takes a leisurely 1 hour 40 minutes.