Chris Maylor, who runs a Saddleworth Discovery Walks blog and Facebook page, looks back at a walk from Bishops Park to Strinesdale County Park
WITH WINTER finally giving way to spring, our monthly Discovery Walk’s group explored a route from my recently published ‘Oldham Discovery Walks’ guidebook.
Setting out from Bishops Park, we followed the Medlock Valley Way, south, over Harbour Hill, from where we could see the site of the old Sanatorium at Strinesdale.
Crossing Turf Pit Lane, adjacent to an old cottage which once served as a sweet shop, we continued along the meandering River Medlock which soon runs into the still waters of Strinesdale Reservoirs. Now a protected haven for wildlife, the original reservoirs were built in 1828 by Oldham Corporation Waterworks.
Strolling along the western banks of the lower reservoir, we found an idyllic spot to enjoy a brief lunch stop, while listening to the birds in the now-budding tree top canopy.
Leaving the sheltered valley, we headed off along ancient lanes past the little hamlet at Top o’th Meadows, where an interesting little sign can be seen.
Continuing north, we followed quiet country lanes to pass the 18th century Shiloh Farm, which is one of several small farmsteads in the area given a biblical name.
At the end of Badger Edge Lane, which is an ancient routeway along which the celebrated Saddleworth writer and poet, Ammon Wrigley would often stroll, we turned north-west along Hill Top Lane.
Soon we returned to the monument at Bishops Park, which stands on land gifted to the people of Oldham, in memory of William and Anne Bishop.