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The Saddleworth 5 Trigs Long Distance Walk

  • The Clarence Pub 180 Chew Valley Road Oldham, England, OL3 7DD United Kingdom (map)

Join the UProjects Mountain Leaders on this fantastic walk across the exposed moorland landscape above Saddleworth, visiting the trig points at Alphin Pike, Featherbed Moss, Black Hill, West Nab and Broadstone Hill.

Supported by Oldham Council`s Environmental Services

Distance: 32km / 19.9 miles

Total ascent: 1,040m / 3,412 ft

A long distance walk that is featured in Christian Maylor`s guide book: Saddleworth Discovery Walks.  

Starting with the steep ascent to trig no.1 at Alphin Pike the route will then take us over the open moor and across the top of the grit stone crag of Wimberry Rocks know locally as Indian's Head, spectacular views of the Dovestone area of the Chew Valley

The Wonderful View from Indians Head

The Wonderful View from Indians Head

Continuing with magnificent views and heading past the Chew Reservoir we will reach trig no.2  located on the remote Featherbed Moss


Following the Pennine Way, crossing the top of Laddow Rocks with great views over the Crowden Valley we will continue to trig no.3 on Black Hill. 

From here we will descend to the head of the Wessenden Valley before crossing the Isle of Skye Road , as it is know locally, before climbing the southern flank of West Nab to reach trig no. 4

Ruin on The Cotton Famine Road

Ruin on The Cotton Famine Road

Descending from West Nab into the Wessenden Valley and continuing over rough ground we will follow the interesting feature of The Cotton Famine Road to the final trig no. 5 which is located on Broadstone Hill.

Trig no. 5 Broadstones

Trig no. 5 Broadstones


Our trigs are now bagged!   We will now head south to the iconic Pots n' Pans obelisk before descending back to the Clarence Pub and  well deserved  refreshment


Earlier Event: 30 May
Nordic Walking In Saddleworth
Later Event: 6 June
Chew Track Nordic Challenge