Diggle Trail


3 miles long

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Lee Cross, Diggle cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Michael Fox - – cropped from original

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The Saddleworth Village Trails are a great way to explore the historic villages of Saddleworth and learn more about the history of the area. Diggle derives its name from the Saxon word ‘degle’ meaning ‘valley’. A rich history in both farming and weaving, Diggle was originally made up of a series of hamlets that accommodated farm workers and loom operatives.

This walk explores the countryside and heritage around Diggle, focused on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal with views towards Standedge Edge.

Accessibility and facilities

Because of the mixed terrain involved, this route is not rated as suitable for wheelchair-users and families with pushchairs. There are toilets and cafes at the Brownhill Countryside Centre as well as some other pubs along the way.

How to get there

The walk starts from Brownhill Countryside Centre, which benefits from frequent bus connections to Oldham and is only a 1-mile / 1.6-km walk from Greenfield train station.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at

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