We had seen the Obelisk on Alderman's Hill from the train on a recent visit to Stalybridge and thought it would make a good target for a walk. We caught the early train to Huddersfield where we had time for breakfast at the excellent station buffet before catching the stopping train to Greenfield.
It is always difficult finding where the footpaths leave towns that you are unfamiliar with, but here we used the Pennine Bridleway which is well signposted off the A669. We soon picked up the Oldham Way leading up on to the hillside above Dove Stone Reservoir.
There are interesting crags on the moor edge above and large rocks have detached themselves and fallen down the hillside.
A lone birch tree growing out on the hillside.
The estate was originally owned by Ashton-Under-Lyne, Stalybridge and Dukinfield Waterworks Joint Committee and their marker stones were every where along the path round the reservoir. There are also a series of lone gate posts presumably from the era when access was not allowed to land round reservoirs.
The estate is now owned by United Utilities and they have developed visitor facilities along with RSPB. Nearer the road there are a series of signposts with attractive mosaics let into them.
Spillway from Yeoman Hay Reservoir into Dove Stone with concrete posts to break the water flow.
Apparently (according to Wikipedia) Dove Stone Reservoir was the last of the series of reservoirs built and was only completed in 1968.
Having reached the main road along the north side of the reservoir we crossed on to Alderman's Hill and began the ascent of the hill past the rocky outcrop of Pots and Pans Stone before arriving at the Obelisk.
The Obelisk is a war memorial to the men of the Saddleworth villages who were lost in both World Wars.
We continued north over Sugar Loaf past Shaw Rocks still following the Oldham Way. At Slades we began our descent and continued down to the canal at Weakley.
View north towards Stanedge
We then had a gentle walk back to the station along the canal towpath which shares the valley and tunnels with the railway. Here a Trans Pennine Express train passing the Signal box at Diggle Junction.
The day was generally sunny and occasionally it was even quite warm when we were able to get out of the wind. It had turned out to be a lovely walk, much of it in the Peak District National Park in an area with which neither of us were familiar. I think we will back next year to try another walk in the area.