GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Oldham Way

40 miles (64 km)

Enjoy the canals, reservoirs and countryside around Oldham on this splendid circular walk. There's fabulous views of the Peak District with highlights including a visit to Saddleworth Moor and a climb to the 19th century tower on Hartshead Pike. There's also nice waterside stretches along Dovestone Reservoir and Greenfield Reservoir. Near here you will pass Alphin Pike and cross the noteworthy Pots and Pans. The hill includes interesting rock formations, an obelisk war memorial and fine views to Manchester.

Oldham Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Oldham Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Oldham

  • Hartshead Pike - Climb this hill in Greater Manchester for great views over Ashton-under-Lyne,Mossley andOldham
  • Dovestone Reservoir - Enjoy an easy circular walk around this lovely reservoir on Saddleworth Moor
  • Saddleworth Moor - Enjoy a walk across this atmospheric moor in the Peak District
  • Strinesdale Reservoir and Country Park - This circular walk explores the Strinesdale Country Park and reservoirs in Oldham.
  • Medlock Valley Way - Follow the Medlock Valley Way from Manchester City Centre to Bishop Park near Oldham on foot or take your bike for the first section to Clayton Vale.
    You start off near Piccadilly station and head east along the River Medlock, passing Manchester City Football Stadium and Phillips Park before entering a lovely section of parkland and woodland through Clayton Vale
  • Daisy Nook Country Park - Enjoy waterways, a lake, a canal, woodlands and wildflower meadows in this lovely country park in the Medlock Valley
  • Dovestone Rocks - This walk climbs to a series of wonderful viewpoints overlooking Dovestone Reservoir in the dark peak area of the Peak District
  • Greenfield Reservoir - Enjoy a waterside walk along Yeoman Hey Reservoir to Greenfield Reservoir in the Peak District National Park.
    You can start the walk from the car park at the northern end of Dovestone Reservoir
  • Crompton Circuit - This circular walk takes you around Shaw near Oldham.
  • Castleshaw Reservoir - These two reservoirs in Oldham have some nice walking trails to try
  • Pots and Pans - Climb to a distinctive hill on this circular walk on Saddleworth Moor, Oldham
  • Alphin Pike - This circular walk climbs to Alphin Pike onSaddleworth MoorinGreater Manchester


Stop in the village of Greenfield on the way and enjoy refreshments at the King William IV Hotel on Chew Valley Rd, OL3 7DD. There's a great menu and a lovely beer garden to sit out and relax in when the weather is fine.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.


The Oldham Way footpath, Chew Valley - - 2629705

The Oldham Way footpath, Chew Valley

Oldham Way, Royton - - 285117

Royton. On the section between Summit and Tandle Hill.

The Oldham Way footpath at Grasscroft - - 2606827


On the Oldham Way near Higher Hartshead - - 2526450

Near Higher Hartshead

Alphin Pike from the Oldham Way, Grasscroft - - 2523430

Alphin Pike from the Oldham Way, Grasscroft

Stile on the Crompton Circuit and Oldham Way - - 705312

Stile on the Crompton Circuit and Oldham Way. Looking east at a crossroads of footpaths near Green Hill, High Crompton.

Wharmton Hill from the Oldham Way, Grasscroft. - - 2523444

Wharmton Hill view, Grasscroft.

Footpath ascending Brushes Clough - - 1095425

Footpath ascending Brushes Clough. The footpath above the reservoir is part of the Way.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Oldham Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)