A WEEKEND celebration of activities has been organised to help locals enjoy the great outdoors.
The first ever Saddleworth Outdoor Festival from October Friday 2 to Sunday 4 will offer a host of events and activities for all ages.
Chris Maylor, one of the organisers, said: “Saddleworth’s dramatic and unspoilt landscape is a rich playground for outdoor activity enthusiasts.
“The festival was conceived to bring together the various groups and clubs which cater for a wide range of outdoor activities and provide the opportunity for individuals to experience a range of new activities with fellow outdoor enthusiasts.”
On Friday, there will be a guided 10-mile high moorland walk around the Chew Valley Horseshoe, with Adventure Based Learning.
Then in the evening, inspirational film ‘Into The Empty Quarter’ will be shown at Saddleworth Cricket Club, following the adventures of British explorers Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron as they attempt to cross the world’s largest sand desert.
The Greenfield Greyhounds Run England Group will host a 3-4 mile Trail Running for Beginners on Saturday while there is also a Family Bouldering Taster Session with Adventure Based Learning.
The Chew Valley Edges will be explored during a Guided Walk, lasting around three hours. Packed lunch and full hill kit required.
There will be an introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing at Rob’s Rocks, Chew Valley, while at Crag Fest at Den Lane Quarries, Uppermill, there will be a morning of climbing, bouldering and banter with the Chew Valley Cragsmen.
And the tough 9-mile Saddleworth Edges Fell Race will take place from 12noon from Tanners Waterside Mill, Greenfield across the open moorland.
Then during an Evening of Adventure three local speakers will share their stories of endurance and adventure about running the Montane Spine Race, exploring the John Muir Trail, running the Marathon des Sables
On Sunday, Saddleworth Runners Club Junior Running Group will hold an enjoyable session of running and athletics for anyone aged 8 to 15 years.
There will also be an Introduction to Fell Running as Saddleworth Runners host an enjoyable and social run on the hills above Uppermill.
And families can take part in a fun afternoon of orienteering at Dovestone Sailing Club, while an exhibition of outdoor photography and art will be on display throughout the festival.
For further details and to book for events, please go online.