Glodwick Lows Let’s Go for a Walk


0.8 miles long

Glodwick Lows Nature Reserve #Oldham

Glodwick Lows Nature Reserve cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Bill Boaden - geograph.org.uk/p/4055990 - cropped from original

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This downloadable leaflet is one of a series that describes some easy walks around some of Oldham’s fantastic parks and countryside areas. They are designed to show you routes that can be followed until you get to know the areas and can explore some of the other routes and places within the parks.


Glodwick Lows was Oldham’s first Local Nature Reserve (LNR). The reserve is only 2km from Oldham town centre, and at 17 hectares is one of the largest areas of open space within Oldham’s urban core.

Glodwick Lows LNR contains a nationally important geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – Lowside Brickworks – which is particularly significant for its Middle Carboniferous fossils. The reserve has also been important throughout Oldham’s history having witnessed the arrival of Iron Age, Roman and Viking invaders, medieval settlers, coal miners, quarrymen, hermits and dare-devil motorcyclists!

Walks and accessibility

The leaflet outlines one walk within Glodwick Lows which, although short, does include at least one stile and some slopes. It is therefore not graded as wheelchair or pushchair-friendly.

How to get there

Note that only on-street parking is available. Bus routes pass close by. Alternatively, the walk is about 1 mile/1.6 km’s walk from Oldham Central Metrolink station.

To work out exactly how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link shown 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 into the TFGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

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