Dobcross Trail


2.5 - 3.5 miles long

Dobcross #Saddleworth #Oldham

The Square, Dobcross cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David Dixon - – 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. Dobcross village used to be the site of numerous cattle fairs. It had its own private bank and can claim fame to being the birthplace of the Platt Brothers textile machinery business.

This walk explores some of the historical features of the Dobcross area and offer fine views over the landscape. Both the medium and long trail include some ascents and descents as they explore the surroundings of the village.

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 and pubs along the route.

How to get there

The walk shown on this page is the from Brownhill Countryside Centre (point 7 on the map and guide). This benefits from frequent bus connections to Oldham and is only 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(s) shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at

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