Walking Group

Contact: Sue Harding

Email: [email protected]

Weekend walks take place on the Saturday or Sunday following the monthly meeting. Shorter Summer evening walks will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Dates are below but walk routes are not yet all confirmed, so members can get the dates in their diaries and details will be confirmed nearer the time.

You are very welcome to come walking with us. Just let us know you are coming then turn up at the starting point, adequately equipped with appropriate footwear (preferably boots), and warm and waterproof clothing. If you feel you need more information to check how hard the walk would be, to ensure that you would be fit enough, directions to the starting point or any further advice please contact us at [email protected]

Members and visitors who walk with us are responsible for their own conduct and safety. Neither Saddleworth WI nor any walk leader is responsible for any accident or incident that may occur.

All walks subject to change.

2023 Walks

Christmas Lights Walk

Date: Sunday 10th December
Meeting point – The Christmas Tree, outside The Swan Inn, King Street, Delph
Meeting time – 4pm
Duration of the walk – approx.3  hours/4 miles

Starting at the Christmas tree in Delph, the route will take us along the Delph Donkey to Uppermill to enjoy the village lights. From there we will take the canal towpath to Brownhill and up the steep path at Nicker Brow to Dobcross Square, returning to Delph via Platt Lane/Gatehead Road.

We will be stopping for refreshments at the Swan Inn, Dobcross, who have kindly agreed that we can use their upstairs function room. 

A torch will be needed as quite a bit of the walk is in the dark. Also strong/waterproof walking boots or shoes (it could be muddy or slippery or even snowing!).
Santa hats are optional!
Husbands/partners/family/friends and dogs are invited to join us. 

2024 Walks

Here are the dates to put in your diary. Details of walks to follow nearer the time.

Flat and easy local walk

Date: Sunday 7th January
Distance: 5 miles

Walk location to be decided

Date: Tuesday 23rd January (midweek)
Distance: TBD

Daisy Nook

Date: Sunday 11th February
Distance: TBD

Uppermill to Mossley Canal Walk

Date: Thursday 22nd February (midweek)
Distance: 4 miles

New Mills Millennium Bridge Walk

Date: Sunday 10th March
Distance: 7.5 miles

Dobcross Circular

Date: Tuesday 26th March (midweek)
Distance: 3-4 miles

Broadbottom Circular

Date: Saturday 6th April
Distance: 5 miles

Tandle Hill Country Park

Date: Tuesday 23rd April (evening)
Distance: 2-3 miles


Date: Sunday 5th May
Distance: 5-6 miles

Uppermill Circular

Date: Thursday 23rd May (evening)
Distance: 2-3 miles

Glossop plane crash site

Date: Sunday 9th June
Distance: 6 km

Summer Solstice Hartshead Pike

Date: Friday 21st June (evening)
Distance: 4 miles

Castleshaw Circular

Date: Sunday 7th July
Distance: 6 miles

Jepthah Statue Diggle Mill

Date: Tuesday 23rd July (evening)
Distance: 4 miles

Marsden train station to Diggle

Date: Sunday 11th August
Distance: 6 miles


Date: Thursday 22nd August (evening)
Distance: TBD

Ogden Reservoir

Date: Sunday 8th September
Distance: 5-6 miles

Lydgate Circular

Date: Thursday 19th September (evening)
Distance: 3-4 miles

Walk location to be decided

Date: Saturday 5th October
Distance: TBD

Walk location to be decided

Date: Tuesday 22nd October (midweek)
Distance: TBD

Pots & Pans Remembrance Service

Date: Sunday 10th November
Distance: 3 miles

Walk location to be decided

Date: Thursday 28th November
Distance: TBD

Christmas Lights Walk

Date: Sunday 8th December
Distance: 3 miles


Birdwatching Walk

Read a thank you letter from Vicky and Chris who led the walk on 12th June. Also included in their thanks is a list of birds seen and heard during our walk.

Review of Walking Group 11/11 Challenge 2020

Walkers approached this in a variety of ways, from walking 11,000 steps each day for 11 days, to walking for 11 hours over the course of a week, being sponsored and donating to The Royal British Legion. Collectively they walked 336 miles, the equivalent of walking from Oldham to Truro in Cornwall! Well done to all walkers – what an educational and poignant project! The final amount raised was £395.

Lydgate, Grotton, Austerlands, Waterhead, Lees War Memorials Circular

Find full details of the walk HERE which can be printed out if you wish to do the walk independently.

Friezland, Uppermill, Dobcross, Delph and St Chads Memorials

Find full details of the walk HERE which can be printed out if you wish to do the walk independently.