Saddleworth Outdoor Festival

The Saddleworth Outdoor Festival is a annual weekend celebration of outdoor activities, held from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September 2017.
Lying between the northern fringes of the Peak District National Park and the lower reaches of the South Pennines, Saddleworth’s dramatic and unspoilt landscape is a rich playground for outdoor activity enthusiasts.
The festival was conceived in order to bring together the various groups and clubs, which cater for a wide range of outdoor activities in and around Saddleworth, and to provide the opportunity for individuals to experience a range of new activities with fellow outdoor enthusiasts.
Below is a list of events that will be held throughout the weekend. Please contact the individual activity organiser for further details, and consult this webpage for further updates and events. Regular updates will also be posted on the Saddleworth Outdoor Festival face book page.

See the festival facebook page for more details

September 2016 Festival Programme – The 2017 programme will be published nearer the date.

The Diggle Jiggle MTB Challenge – An anytime challenge, to see who can ride the Diggle Jiggle circuit in the fastest time.
The ‘In a nutshell’ Rules
  • The challenge can be completed anytime over the period of the Saddleworth Outdoor Festival. 16th to 18th September 2016.
  • Riders must follow the complete route as indicated on the Diggle Jiggle map (see link – )
  • Can start at any point along the route
  • This is not a race and the route should be ridden individually and not in a group.
  • All riders must abide by the rules for riding on public roads and bridleways and be courteous to, and show consideration for other users.
  • Must post individual time on the Saddleworth Outdoor Festival face book page.
  • Post photos and/or video of self/group on SOF face book page at key locations along the route, including start and finish.
  • Must include a photo of start and finish time on a watch or stop watch at start/finish.
No prizes, trophies or medals, just the accolade of knowing you are the Diggle Jiggle Champ!
Guided Walk – A 10 mile, high moorland walk around the Chew Valley Horseshoe, with Adventure Based Learning.
9am to 5pm Meet at Tanners Waterside Mill, Greenfield.
£10.00 per person
Guided Walk – Alexandra Park. A short guided walk looking at the history of Oldham’s largest public space, as detailed in the Oldham Discovery Walks guidebook.
11am – Kings Road Car Park, Alexandra Park, OL8 2BH.

Saturday 17th September

Trail Running for Beginners

A 3 to 4 mile beginners trail run, with the Greenfield Greyhounds Run England Group.
09:00am, Tesco Supermarket, Greenfield.
For further details contact: Colin Green. Tel: 07803 933760 Email:
Family Bouldering Taster Session – An introduction to indoor bouldering for all the family, with Adventure Based Learning.
9am onwards at the ABL Centre, Tanners Waterside Mill, Greenfield.
£10.00 per family per half hour session. Booking advisable.


Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing – 10:00am to 2:00pm Rob’s Rocks, Chew Valley.

An introductory session to rock climbing with Oldham Community Leisure. Booking essential. For further details contact Alan Keane at


Crag Fest – 10:30am Den Lane Quarries, Uppermill.

A morning of climbing, bouldering and banter with the Chew Valley Cragsmen. For experienced outdoor climbers only. No instruction given. Must bring own kit. For further details visit the CVC face book page nearer to the date.


Cross Keys Road & Fell Relay – 1:00pm from The Cross Keys Inn, Running Hill Gate, Uppermill, OL3 6LW.

A unique event where teams of four runners contest a relay over two road legs of 3 miles and two fell legs of 2.5 miles. This format was originally designed to bring road and fell runners together in an event where they could appreciate each others skills and meet for a pint afterwards. Still one of the best days in Saddleworth Runners Club’s calendar and the sun always seems to shine. Road legs are two laps of a hilly circuit. Fell leg is a single lap of an undulating course over Saddleworth Moor.

Guided Walk – Cross Keys Circular. A guided walk taking in Pots & Pans, Alderman’s Hill and Sykes Pillar, as detailed in the best selling Saddleworth Discovery Walks guidebook.
9:45am – Cross Keys Inn, Running Hill gate, Uppermill.

An Evening of Adventure

Once again, we have an exciting line-up of inspirational speakers at this ever popular illustrated talk night. Famous adventurers and explorers such as Paul Braithwaite, Steve Hill and Nicky Spinks will be among the speakers who will awaken the inner adventurer in you with their amazing stories of climbing the worlds highest peaks, trekking the frozen wastes of the arctic to breaking ultra-distance world records.
The talks will be held over two nights – Friday 16th & Saturday 17th September. Tickets are likely to sell out fast, so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Night One – Friday 16th September

Legendary fell runner and world record holder Nicky Spinks, will captivate, inspire and motivate you with her sensational stories of ultra-running endurance and her 10 year successful battle against cancer.

Steve Hill MBE, is a teacher, mentor and prolific charity fundraiser. Over the years he has undertaken a wealth of epic challenges to raise over £70,000 for various charities. With his stories of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking to Everest Base Camp, running the Everest Marathon and trekking across the North Pole, Steve will enthrall you with his motivational tales of adventure fundraising.

Andrew Tromans, is a local lad who has lived a life of outdoor adventure. A self-confessed mountain biking junky, Andy will captivate you with his stories of mountain biking endurance and bike-packing adventures across some of the country’s most beautiful and remote wilderness.

Venue: Saddleworth Cricket Club, Calf Lane (off Manchester Road, opposite the Royal George), Greenfield.

Doors & bar open 7pm.

£10.00 per ticket, available at:

Night Two – Saturday 17th September

Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite – This is a very rare opportunity to listen to local climbing legend, Paul Braithwaite who, among many other climbing endeavours, is best known for the instrumental part which he played in the successful British attempt to conquer the south-west face of Everest.

Paul will amaze you with his dramatic images and outstanding tales of climbing the worlds highest peaks, with the likes of Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Nick Estcourt, Dougal Haston and Don Whillans.

Richard Saunders MBE – Round the world cyclist, sailor and kayaker, Richard, will captivate and inspire you with his life changing story, ‘Kathmandu the long way round: A boy and his bike’.

Adam Short – Adam Short is an explorer and adventurer, who’s short film ‘From Sewers to Sea’ is sure to have you laughing as he embarks on a solo, grassroots, micro-adventure to paddle from the centre of Coventry’s subterranian sewer systems to reach the Severn estuary.

£10.00 per ticket, available at:

Venue: Dove Stone Sailing Club, Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield.

Doors & bar open 7pm.

Contact: Chris Maylor

Sunday 18th September

Junior Running Group – Saddleworth Runners Club

Join Saddleworth Runners Club’s Junior Running Group for an enjoyable session of running and athletics – 8 to 15 years of age.
08:30am Dovestone Sailing Club, Greenfield.
Contact: –


Fell Running – Saddleworth Runners Club

Join Saddleworth Runners Club for an enjoyable and social run, across the hills, valleys and moors of Saddleworth..
10:00am Lime Kiln Cafe, Uppermill. Bring a waterproof jacket.
Contact: Chris Maylor –
Guided Discovery Walk
An informative, guided walk following quiet country lanes and fields (with stiles) along a section of the Ammon Wrigley Way, which was devised by the author of Saddleworth Discovery Walks to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of the celebrated Saddleworth author and poet, Ammon Wrigley. Wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

Meet: 10:00am for a 10:15 start

Start/Finish: Delph Library, Millgate, Delph, Oldham, OL3 5JG

Grid Reference: SD 986 078

Bring suitable clothing and footwear. Packed lunch required too.

Contact: Chris Maylor –



A fun-filled weekend of orienteering for all the family on a permanent course at Crompton Moor.
Please order your maps in advance. £5.00 donation to cover cost of maps and compasses. Suitable footwear and clothing. Waterproofs advisable.


Guided Walk – Tandle Hill Country Park. A short guided walk through beautiful woodland, as detailed in the Oldham Discovery Walks guidebook.
9:45am – Main car park, Tandle Hill Road, Royton.
Oldham Ramblers:  B Walk 10 – 12 miles). Sabden
10:00am – Padiham Heights picnic site, Map Sheet: OL21. Grid Ref: SD 786367
Oldham Ramblers:  C Walk (6 – 8 miles). Whalley
10:00am – Meet at Springwood picnic site, off A677. Map Sheet: 287. Grid Ref: SD 740363
Utterly Butterly Fell RaceA nice introduction to fell running. A third is on tracks, a third on paved footpaths and a third on grassy / gravelly footpaths. It is a scenic route visiting five reservoirs in 5 miles.

Date & Time : Sunday 18th September 2016 at 2pm

Location : Marsden Cricket Club, Mount Rd, Marsden, HD7 6NN

Organiser : Martyn Hodgson 01484 846889

See website for full details


An exhibition of outdoor photography and art.

A selection of local artists will be exhibiting a selection of their work throughout the festival. More of their work will also be on display and for sale at the Evening of Adventure Talk Nights.
 Venue: Brownhill Visitor Centre, Wool Road, Dobcross.
Jim Barrott is a local photographer who has travelled throughout and photographed some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. His latest project has been to photograph locations around Oldham for a new walking guidebook, Oldham Discovery Walks
Ray Green, who has a passion for capturing the local landscape, took the wonderful photographs which feature in the locally acclaimed walking guidebook, Saddleworth Discovery Walks.
Sean Willis is local fellrunner who spends is relaxation time sketching and painting the environments in which he loves to run.
Diana Terry is a local artist who is well known for her paintings of local landscape scenes around Saddleworth and the Dark Peak National Park. She has exhibited throughout the country and her work has become quite sought after.
David Hickling is an accomplished ultra-distance runner who has a passion for painting. He studied fine art at Manchester Metropolitan University and has a studio in Diggle. His wonderful works have featured in many art exhibitions and adhorn the walls of many art lovers.
For more details about the Photography & Art Exhibition, contact:






2 thoughts on “Saddleworth Outdoor Festival

    1. chrism Post author

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for your enquiry. I can now confirm that the exhibition will be at the Brownhill Visitor Centre, above Lime Kiln Café, Uppermill.

      I hope you enjoy the exhibition and the festival.

      Best regards,



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