Saddleworth Edges

A Saddleworth walk posted on 06/12/17 by Bannerman73. Update : 17/12/17

Absolute belter of a walk around 3 reservoirs with views from the top of Saddleworth moor, climbing down a cascading waterfall, all utterly stunning.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h10[?]
Distance Distance : 14.94km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 363m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 354m
Highest point Highest point : 489m
Lowest point Lowest point : 216m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Saddleworth
Starting point Starting point : N 53.527442° / W 1.981241°
Download : GPX track


(D)The walk starts at the car park on Bank Lane, beside Dove Stone reservoir. Follow the path east of the car park and climb the path to the top of the hill. Its quite a long slow climb on a tarmac surface.

(1)When you reach Chew Reservoir at the top take the lefthand path and come back on yourself so that you are walking around the cliff edges. This is moorland ground and is soft and can be muddy, but persevere as you will eventually find a path that follows the cliff edge northwards for at least 3 miles toward Middle Edge Moss. On your left you will see views and more.

(2)Eventually you wind down, still on the same path and the ground becomes very wet and slippery with rocks and mud cascading. You can see down to your left where you will end up as you traverse down the path until you reach a stream which you must find a way to cross, which is fun. Then as you cross it becomes a steeper more of a scramble down the stream which turns into a waterfall all the time on the left of you.

(3)Once down to the bottom you are on flat ground again, with a meandering walk around the north of Greenfield Reservoir and the west of Yeoman Hey Reservoir. To finish, cross over the dam and carry back along the east side of Dove Stone Reservoir to where you started.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Bank Lane car park
1 : km 3.17 - alt. km 3.17 - End of climb
2 : km 9.19 - alt. km 9.19 - Stream crossing
3 : km 11.68 - alt. km 11.68 - Walk back around reservoir
D/A : km 14.94 - alt. km 14.94 - Bank Lane car park

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Opinions and comments


Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 3.00/4
Routemap quality : 3.00/4
Walk interest : 4.00/4
Global average : 3.33/4

on Mon 30 Apr 2018 10:58:50 CEST : Re: SADDLEWORTH EDGES

Date of walk : 28/04/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Really nice walk, scenic the whole time. Gradual incline to start, then a bit boggy on the marshes at the top, relatively flat then until you start descending down beside the waterfall at the end. Some spectacular views along the way.

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