Saturday, 12 April 2014

Dicovering Britain - Saddleworth on the map

The Royal Geographical Society have recently launched their new Discovering Britain project, which hopes to encourage people to explore Britain and discover the country's amazing landscape whilst learning more about nature, our history and vibrant culture.
Jenny Lunn, of the Royal Geographical Society in London, recently contacted me about the project and asked if I could help promote one of the society's north-west regional walks - Crossing Point: Discovering routeways over and under the Pennines. Jenny, who is originally from Delph, said,"The 6 mile route starts in Delph, goes up the Castleshaw Valley to Standedge then down into Diggle and along the canal finishing at the Brownhill Centre. Along the way we look at the different ways in which people have created routeways across the physical barrier of the Pennines throughout history."
Entrance to Standedge Tunnel, Diggle
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:
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.  
Part of the route shares the same course as one of the walks detailed in my new walking guidebook, which will be published soon. To promote this new RGO walk I will be holding a guided walk along the route sometime in May. For details, keep an eye out at and

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