The Portland Basin Museum at Ashton-under-Lyne is part of the Ashton Canal Warehouse which has now been restored. In a lovely waterside setting, the attraction captures local industrial history and changing lifestyles in the past 150 years.

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Alternatively, head to Uppermill and explore the boutique clothes stores, local food retailers, specialist bookshops, craft and gift shops.  Before treating yourself to tea and cake in one of the lovely cafes.

More cultural in its origins is the Rushcart Festival at the end of August, when teams of Morrismen arrive from all over the country to compete in pulling a rushcart with a jockey sitting on top. The route takes them through the local villages of Saddleworth, Greenfield and Dobcross where the Morrismen stop and give a performance of their ancient English folk dancing.

Once inhabited by the Romans, like many Lancashire towns it was the Industrial Revolution which had the most impact on the area, with the building of huge textile mills.

SADDLEWORTH MOTHERS Club has a host of exciting events planned. On Wednesday, October 26 there is a ‘Forever Living’ presentation by Sarah Thorpe. All meetings are held at St Chad’s Parish Centre in Uppermill at 8pm. For further information call Margaret Hardy: 01457 873571.

The following day there are gurning (face-pulling) contests, wrestling and worst singer competitions and a merry time is enjoyed by all!

The area of Saddleworth encompasses several villages, they are Denshaw, Delph, Diggle, Uppermill, Greenfield and Grasscroft, these villages were in the area known as the West Riding of Yorkshire. However in 1974 much to the dismay of the residents, Saddleworth was placed in Oldham Greater Manchester, for convenience of the council. Many of the residents refuse to accept this and still say they live in Yorkshire.

Canal boat trips along the Huddersfield narrow canal are available from outside the museum in Uppermill.They last 1 hour and go through two locks. The Dunge booth lock and the Limekiln lock. TIMETABLESaturday 1.00pm & 3.00pmSunday 12.00 noon, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm & 4.00pmWednesday 1.00pm & 2.00pmDuring School Holidays there are trips DailyPRICESAdults £4.00Senior Citizens £3.50Children £3.00Family Saver (2 Adults & 2 Children) £12.00

The area is made up of rugged moorland, villages and farms. In earlier times the inhabitants were mostly farming communities. Today there is a greater diversity of people, some who have moved from towns to enjoy country life. This has lead to lots of new houses being built.

THE Saddleworth Ladies Lifeboat Guild have a host of events lined up for 2016. There will be Coffee Mornings at Uppermill Methodist on Wednesday, October 26 then Saturday, November 12, both from 10am-12noon. For more information about the Guild and their events, please phone Joan Halkyard on 01457 875375 or contact any members of the Guild.

The area also supported some quarrying and the Ladcaster and Den Quarries to the west of Uppermill are now designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest for their geological features.

The canal which runs through the town offers many recreational pursuits. Traffic-free walks along the towpath, fishing and boating are just some of the rural pleasures to be enjoyed. The canal has a couple of locks to manage the inclines and there is an impressive viaduct which it passes beneath.

Uppermill hosts a number of festivities each year, the highlight of which is the Saddleworth Folk Festival. The Brass Band Contest and the Beer Walk take place at the end of May and there is always a theme for the event.

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Tucked away in a valley of the Pennines on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, it is in a most picturesque location on the high moorland.

Before and after the trek, there is the chance to look around the farm. Rare breed sheep (fraid I cant recall the breed at the moment,) horses, ducks (and newly hatched ducklings) Chickens, hens, peahens, sheepdogs, cats and about 10 different breeds of owl (one cage had an 8 week old baby owl with its mother)As well as the 4 llamas that were on the trek, there are other llamas and alpaccas that are being trained for trekking.

Jekyll and Hyde, a musical thriller based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson.

More cultural activities are centered on the local Saddleworth Museum which highlights Roman activity in the area. The museum has a local art gallery exhibiting paintings of local landscapes, transport and industry in the area. The Brownhill Countryside Centre is a small museum aimed at educating children about local wildlife and has a lovely wildflower garden.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon browsing the luxury goods on display in Country Classics mill shop, home to the North West’s leading cashmere specialists. Indulge in some retail therapy with 100% cashmere knitwear for ladies and gentlemen’s clothing made exclusively in Scotland by Johnston’s of Elgin, plus their own brand of lower price lambs wool and cashmere knitwear.

Uppermill is the main village, which is popular with tourists, it has plenty of cafe facilities and lots of shops, there is a children's playground, walks along the canal and a lovely garden centre with its own cafe just outside the main village. The people are very friendly and will make you welcome

Evening: After a packed afternoon of shopping enjoy dinner at one of Saddleworth’s fantastic restaurants or pubs followed by an enchanting evening stroll along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

The small town/large village of Uppermill is on the northeast side of Greater Manchester.

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Directions: From Leeds or Manchester exit M62 at J21, A640 to Denshaw. At the 5 way junction in Denshaw, opp Post Office, go straight along A6052 Delph Road, left after 400yds into Wham Lane, turn Left at Ox Hey Lane..farms at the top!We only got lost twice!!

Uppermill is a popular stop for visitors to nearby Saddleworth and has a growing number of craft shops, restaurants and cafes to cater to the tourist market. It has a local butcher's shop with excellent local pies, a greengrocer's, bakery and a bookshop. There is also a small supermarket, bank, Post Office, chemist and a regular Farmer's Market selling local farm produce.

Directions: Drive north up Lees road from Oldham,through Lydgate and past Greenfield to you reach Uppermill.

There are several areas of natural beauty. Dovestone has sailing on the lake and a walk with wheelchair access all the way round, (the walk takes about 1.5 hours). There are train links with Manchester and Huddersfield, every half hour.

The ducks that hang around the canal near the museum re a well fed lot. You can buy duck food for 35p in the museum then feed the ducks by the water. There is a warning not to feed the ducks whilst on the boats.

Morning: Enjoy a walk around the pretty Saddleworth villages of Delph and Diggle with the new Saddleworth Village Trail guides.  Short, medium or long routes take you past historic features, such as the Roman Forts at Castleshaw.  For lunch and a sweet treat afterwards, pop into the local bakery or craft shop café in Delph or amble along to Grandpa Greene's ice cream canal side cabin in Diggle.

Directions: Take stock of saddleworth on foot - don't drop litter while vyou're doing it.

One unique local sport played in Uppermill is "cobbling". It involves a barrel of cobblestones, a closed road and a bag of cement. You will have to visit to find out more!

Things to do in Saddleworth

Just stop rushing about and look all around you at every inch of Saddleworth before it disappears. The process has already begun - it is continuing apace. Buildings are going up on any bit of spare ground - soon they will start on the really beautiful bits of saddleworth - up on the hills. Don't let them.

Directions: Located half way between villages of Uppermill and Dobcross.