Park Bridge Heritage Trail

Tameside, Oldham

1 miles long

River Medlock, Park Bridge #Tameside

River Medlock, Park Bridge cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David Dixon - – cropped from original

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A short circular walk to discover the fascinating industrial past of Park Bridge. Although the walk only just under a mile long, it has some steep narrow lanes, steps and some unmade sections (hence its ‘moderate’ rating). The Park Bridge heritage complex is located within Tameside but just on the border with Oldham.

For nearly 200 years, Park Bridge Ironworks was a thriving family business. Hundreds of people were employed here and its iron and steel were exported around the world. Nestling in the beautiful countryside of the Medlock Valley, here you can discover the fascinating past of this once busy ironworks.

Accessibility and facilities

Because of the mixed terrain involved, the route is not recommended for wheelchair-users and families with pushchairs.

A café and toilets can be found at the site but they are not open every day. Check the Tameside Council website or call 0161 342 3055 to check in advance.

How to get there

Park Bridge is a little difficult to access by public transport. If taking the bus from either Ashton-under-Lyne or Oldham, it is probably easiest to get off at Bardsley Bridge and walk along Park Bridge Road, taking care as there is no pavement. There is a car park at Park Bridge Heritage Centre.

Alternatively, to work out exactly 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 on the train icon.

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

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