What can be better on a sunny Saturday morning, than a walk along the canal and brunch at your local café? Living in the suburbs of Oldham, right on the edge of the Pennines we are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking, but if you ever want a lazy walk, you cant beat a canal tow path… They’re flat!
Mossley is a village adjacent to Springhead, where we live and also the home of our youngest daughter and Son-in Law. We often meet and walk (or run) sections of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal that passes through.
At its Summit the Huddersfield Narrow , is the highest canal in Britain. If you walk its full length it is just over 19 miles, to cross the Pennines it has 74 locks and a very long tunnel! It is amazing to think this aquatic feat of engineering, originally opened for boats in 1811. There are lots of places along the way to park up and join the towpath for a walk, but one of our favourite start / end points is the The Allotment Café just off Manchester Road, Warmco Industrial Estate, Woodend Mill, Mossley OL5 9AY
Serving Brunch through to afternoon meals, The Allotment Café is family and dog friendly with indoor and outdoor seating. The staff and owners are super friendly and the food is excellent.
There are lots of menu options and we hope they will soon be opening for evening meals again, wonderful pizza and roasted potatoes.
From the gates of the Café turn right, through the old Woodend Mill carpark following the blue line on the map above. The building is an excellent example of an integrated Cotton Mill where both the weaving and spinning process took place. Its construction was completed c1830-1840. At one time the mill may have had child workers, but is now home to many business such as a very popular children’s dance school and our pet photographer friends Furrtography. The path takes you over the river Tame and onto the canal at Winterford Road footbridge (88) adjacent to Lock 14. At the canal we turn left and head towards Greenfield.
There is lots of evidence of the industrial nature of the area, with small units replacing old mills, but there is also a lot of greenery. Depending on the time of the year, you will likely see plenty of narrow boats, now used as holiday homes rather than transport.
As previously mentioned there are 74 locks along the full length of the canal and it always fun to watch them being used. Jessie and Max find them fascinating.
One of the great things about a canal is you can walk as far, or as short as you want. A Saturday morning stroll for us would be far as Tesco in Greenfield, and back, (the blue dots on the map below) There is lots to see along the way including water front houses, a viaduct where the canal crosses the river and a glimpse of Well-i-hole campsite which despite being only 5 minutes from home, we have camped at, check our micro camping post HERE.
Want to walk further? Part two of this walk check out a previous post HERE
For more of our dog walks, check out our new page here, where they are all listed together: