Diggle features in a new walk created by the Royal Geographical Society. ‘Discovering Britain’ is a prestigious collection of walks around the country, each with a geographical theme.
The Discovering Britain project is managed by Dr Jenny Lunn, who grew up in Delph. She wanted to ensure that Saddleworth was included in the series.
The walk, entitled “Crossing point: Discover routeways over and under the Pennines”, looks at how people have created ways to cross the physical barrier of the Pennines throughout history from Roman roads and packhorse trails to turnpike roads and the Standedge tunnels.
The 6 mile route starts in Delph, goes up the Castleshaw Valley to Standedge then down Boat Lane to Diggle, along the canal and finishes at the Brownhill Centre.
The walk is self-guided with a detailed commentary available in both audio format and written format. Both can be downloaded for free from the Discovering Britain website: www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/north-west-england/saddleworth.html
Full colour versions of the walk booklet, ideal for taking out on the walk, are also on sale locally in the Tourist Information Centre at Saddleworth Museum, in the Gallery Oldham shop at Oldham Library, and at Delph Post Office.