White Hill - Denshaw - Ogden - Windy Hill - White Hill

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A fairly challenging route due to many 'ups and downs', this walk is an ideal introduction to the South Pennines, which are tucked away between the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales and often passed over in favour of the National Parks. A fairly typical Pennine Way crossing of White Hill peat moor leads the walker to Standedge and on to the Oldham Way, a local long-distance footpath that climbs from Oldham up to the Pennine high ground and back.

We use the Oldham Way to skirt the village of Denshaw, then leave it to cross to the next valley and the pretty little Pennine village of Ogden, where you are welcome in the local pub The Bull for a drink and bar meal. From Ogden, a long but gentle climb to the Windy Hill ridge walk rewards with fine views in all directions.

England - North England - Lancashire - Pennines


Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub
24/03/2014 - Norman Brannick

Completed this walk on the 24th March 2014. My thanks to Sam Roebuck on his choice of walks. It was a cold frosty morning when I set off from the BT Microwave tower, there was ice on the ground and the mud was easy to contend with because of it, it was a different story as it warmed up later on. The walk was strenuous and negotiating the peatbogs was a nightmare but this didn't dampen my spirits. The views were magnificent, Sam's directions were spot on. I would recommend a visit to Christ Church in the village of Denshaw, the church was built in 1863. I also visited the Llama's close to WM 19-20. All in all a great walk, highly recommended..

24/03/2014 - Norman Brannick

I completed this walk on the 24th March 2014. My thanks to Sam Roebuck for this walk, it was strenuous and there were peat bogs and muddy sections to negotiate but this only added to the enjoyment generated by the walk. The views were magnificent and the directions were spot on. When I got to WM 12 there was a sign that stated footpath closed with a diversion map taking you into the village Denshaw posted beneath it, this wasn't a problem because I wanted to visit the village Church (not to be missed) I was able to get back on track after visiting the Church. Excellent walk well worth the effort.. effort...

29/08/2006 - Rupert Mainwaring

I did this walk on 26.08.06 on a clear sunny day. It is a very enjoyable walk with many great views. Be careful when approaching points 19 & 20. Do not walk to the right of the cottage on a marked route. You need to be to the left of the cottage on the footpath. Follow the footpath over the stile and down to the fenced footbridge. I thoroughly recommend this walk as it is exerting yet enjoyable.

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