Saddleworth: Diggle

Distance: about 2 miles

Grade: mostly easy, but difficult in places

This walk is a fairly straightforward affair, following the towpath of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal down the Diggle valley towards Uppermill.

Track from the car park to the canal

Track from the car park to the canal

It begins at the car park near the Standedge tunnel mouth. Here the emergence of the canal from under the Pennines is much lower key than its equivalent at Tunnel End in Yorkshire. However, the path is good, though the scenery is rather unspectacular.

Good path

Good path

The destruction of the textile industry in the late 20th Century is plain to see to your right.

Industrial decline

Industrial decline

The footpath is OK, but the stoney surface makes for an uncomfortable ride unless you go verey slowly. There are eroded sections on the steep slopes by the lock gates, and these sections are very difficult without assistance. Fortunately, it is a popular path, and most people will help you if you ask nicely.

The path at locks often becomes nearly impossible

The path at locks often becomes nearly impossible

Lock 25W is as far as I got, but it should be possible to carry on to Uppermill. I’ll try that later.

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Historical note: Saddleworth used to be part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, but in 1971 it was re-organised into the new ‘county’ of Greater Manchester, which had been part of Lancashire. This was a seriuous matter for Yorkshire folk, some of whom still refuse to accept it.





About stevehobsonauthor

I am blind, and I hate it. It stinks. But life is still sweet. I have multiple sclerosis, and that stinks too, but life is still sweet. These are my musings.
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One Response to Saddleworth: Diggle

  1. pedalboats says:

    I like crows, canals and Pule Hill too
    Nice to ‘meet’ you, Steve


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