Uppermill is a vibrant community with a range of specialist shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and a convenient post office, all within close walking distance from the cottage. Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery, just round the corner is full of intriguing objects from the past and tells the story of the people who have created Saddleworth’s landscape and character.
It includes the Tourist Information Centre and a useful shop selling a wide range of books, CDs, maps, gifts and souvenirs.
The Pennine Moonraker trip boat operates from the nearby wharf. Hour long trips on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal are usually available (except in Winter) at weekends and during school holidays.
Just a short walk away is Newbank Garden Centre which is well-stocked and has a welcoming cafe.
There are many lovely and interesting walks in Saddleworth, surrounded by dramatic Pennine scenery. The canal towpath can be followed up the Diggle locks to the Standedge Tunnel Portal or down further locks to Greenfield, Mossley and Stalybridge. Two former railway lines have been converted into interesting bridle paths and it is possible to do circular walks linked with the canal towing path.
Cyclists can also use all these routes and the more adventurous can follow some of the hilly moorland trails
We have facilities at the cottage for secure cycle storage
There is excellent public transport in the area. Greenfield station, with hourly train services to Manchester and Leeds, is just a fifteen minute walk away.
Bus stops to local towns and villages are within 5 minutes walk.
Saddleworth is famous for its festivals and attractions including the following:
- Whit Friday Church Walks & Brass Band Contest
In the morning, local churches hold processions of witness led by brass bands and combine for a joint service in Uppermill. In the evenings brass bands from all over the country, and some from abroad, converge on Saddleworth for numerous local contests. The Uppermill contest is close at hand and bands march down the High Street and are then judged at the band stand in the park. There are usually over 50 bands performing over the evening including famous names such as Grimethorpe, Brighouse and Black Dyke.
- Yanks Weekend
In August celebrates the making of the film in local villages with a number of 1940s events and a spectacular parade of military vehicles
- Rushcart Weekend
Also in August – Morris Dancers from all over the country pull the traditional rush cart through the village and dance outside the pubs