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Waterways Walk for The Great Big Green Week 2024

To celebrate The Great Big Green Week join Matt Catt for a walk from Micklehurst Brook at The Vale to Dovestone reservoir.

Along the way discover the importance of water to our milltown’s history and its present use as a source of energy.

On arrival at Dovestones there’s a chance for a tour of Saddleworth Community Hydro station from the team who developed and maintain the site.

About the Walk
This walk is available to view on Komoot. It is rated as ‘Easy’.

It is 3.16 miles and will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes- 2 hours based on a gentle pace with stops to discuss points of interest. The walk includes some uphill and downhill as well as some uneven surfaces. Most of the walk is off road apart from crossing the top of Micklehurst Road and crossing Huddersfield road at the start.

At this time of year you may see swallows, martins and swifts, as well as lapwings! There are also our local highland cows, and other farmyard friends to greet along the way.

Please arrive at The Vale from 10.30am for an 11am start. There’s time then to use the facilities and gather before we set off together. If you’re unsure how to find us please use the visit us page. Remember don’t put ‘The Vale’ in sat nav as that will take you to a road called ‘The Vale’.

There are public toilets at The Vale and Dovestone reservoir.

Onward Travel
Walkers can:
-Enjoy a loop of Dovestones track
-Walk back to The Vale
-Take the 350 bus from the Clarence Hotel back to Mossley
-Get the train from Greenfield station.

Sturdy shoes for any uneven ground, weather appropriate clothing as it may be sunny, rainy, windy etc. Sun cream with a high SPF, a hat.

What to bring
We’d recommend bringing a reusable water bottle which can be filled at The Vale and at Dovestones. A small bag with any snacks you might wish to have, or a picnic to have on arrival at Dovestones. A camera to capture the day, a map to follow if you wish, and any personal items you’d usually carry with you.

There is usually a food van at Dovestone reservoir as well as local shops in Greenfield.

Matt will have a small first aid kit and is a trained First Aider.

Young people
Families and young people are very welcome on the walk. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and are the responsibility of their parent/guardian at all times.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead and only guide dogs are allowed inside The Vale.

This event is free to access. We suggest a contribution of £3 to keep The Vale delivering creative opportunities for local people. There will be a donations box at The Vale or you can use this link to donate online.

Jun 08 2024


Date: Sat 8th Jun
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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The Vale

Unit 2 Vale Mill, Micklehurst Road
Mossley, OL59JL United Kingdom

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The Vale
Phone: 01457238089
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