GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Crompton Circuit

11 miles (18 km)

This circular walk takes you around Shaw near Oldham.
The path starts at the car park at Crompton Fold and takes you to Crompton Moor, Moss Hey and High Crompton.
The path climbs to a height of almost 400 metres with fantastic views over the surrounding moors from the high points.
On the northern side of the route you can take a detour to visit Ogden Reservoir and Piethorne Reservoir.

Crompton Circuit OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Crompton Circuit Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of the trail there's Tandle Hill Country Park where you can enjoy fine views across the Manchester Plain and the Pennine Hills.
The reservoirs and waymarked trails in Strinesdale Country Park can be found just to the south of the trail.


Cattle Pens - - 327833

Cattle Pens. Situated on the Crompton Circuit where it crosses Higher Park. The farm at Slences can be seen on the skyline. The Crompton Circuit is an 11-mile walk around the town of Shaw.

River Beal, Newhey - - 341452

River Beal, Newhey. Looking south from the bridge at the end of Bentgate Street. The rear gardens of houses on Whitebeam Close have been extended onto the river bank. The houses on the east bank are in Rochdale whilst the grazing land on the west bank is in Oldham. The ridge on the skyline carries the Rochdale Way, the Oldham Way and the Crompton Circuit footpaths.

Crompton Circuit at Tame Scout - - 79400

An innominate pool close to the summit of Tame Scout, the highest point (395m) on the 11 mile Crompton Circuit - a circular walk around the town of Shaw. View from SD965097 looking NE towards Saddleworth Moor.

Hey Farm triangulation pillar, 253 metres - - 120573

Hey Farm triangulation pillar, 253 metres. Situated just off the Crompton Circuit circular walk not far from Whitfield Hall. Flush bracket no.S2788. View looking north - The spire of Newhey Parish Church can just be seen peeping above the wall to the right of the trig pillar.

Stile on the Crompton Circuit - - 173123

This stile is adorned with three waymark discs. The one public footpath across the field is shared by the Rochdale Way, the Oldham Way and the Crompton Cicuit. View SE overlooking Shaw.

Crompton Circuit, Fullwood - - 349767

Fullwood. Here the Circuit leaves the stony track it has climbed from Fullwood to turn left towards Besom Hill Reservoir.

Stile on the Crompton Circuit and Oldham Way - - 705312

Looking east at a crossroads of footpaths near Green Hill, High Crompton.

Farm at Top O' Th' Hill, Newhey - - 174454

Farm at Top O' Th' Hill, Newhey.

GPS Files

GPX File

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