For those heading from outside the area, Saddleworth is a beautiful & scenic place with some staggering views. If you're staying in Saddleworth or nearby over the course of Cotton Clouds Festival then we've put together a little guide for the most instagrammable places you could visit during your stay.
1. Dovestone Reservoir(Photo courtesy of The Bald Hiker - https://www.baldhiker.com)
Situated on the western edge of the Peak District National Park in the village of Greenfield, Dovestone Reservoir is a hugely popular tourist attraction offering unrivalled views of the picturesque landscape. If you're into walking & exploring, the Dovestone area is steeped in history & you can visit lots of notable places along the way. Read up on the Ashway Gap, nearby aircraft crashes, the King of Tonga visit and the Bill O'Jacks murders (if you'd rather add an element of danger!). A photo from the top of "Indian's Head" is an absolute must too!
Please note that if you are planning a visit, BBQ's of any kind are strictly forbidden following the devastation cause by recent Moorland fires.
2. Grandpa Greene's Ice Cream Parlour
We host our annual summer BBQ up at Grandpa Greene's and for good reason! The views down the Huddersfield Narrow Canal are sublime. Not to mention the grub and Cotton Clouds Ice Cream too. A walk down the canal will take you through neighbouring villages Diggle, Dobcross and Uppermill. Make sure you get a snap of your ice cream!
3. Albion Farm Shop & Cafe
Well known locally for their monster of a Full English Breakfast, Albion Farm Shop is a great place to visit for an incredible panoramic view of the valley. The shop itself is packed with an array of local delights, all sourced locally too, from the hearty and delicious homemade pies right through to the personally sourced condiments and snacks.
4. Dobcross Square
We may be slightly biased as a couple of us grew up in the little village of Dobcross, but with so many nooks and crannies and old stone houses, Dobcross is arguably the most picturesque of the Saddleworth villages.
The square itself was used as a location during the filming of 1979 Hollywood Blockbuster "Yanks" featuring none other than Richard Gere! The Swan Inn (well worth a visit!), built in 1765, sits proudly in the square and was once owned by the Wrigley family, a branch of which went on to form the Wrigley's chewing gum empire following emigrating to the USA.
5. Caffe Grand Abaco, Uppermill
Caffe Grand Abaco occupies a beautiful 4 storey Grade II listed building nestled in the centre of Uppermill. Reminiscent of the stylish coffee houses in Italy surrounding bustling market places and colonnaded piazzas, Caffè Grande Abaco is perfect for a coffee stop & snack whilst you're exploring the village. Our tip would be to call in for breakfast & grab the hot American pancakes served with maple syrup!
After your brew & pancakes at Caffe Grand Abaco, we'd recommend heading over the road to The Weavers Factory, a contemporary arts space with an incredible story behind it. Weavers Factory launch a new art exhibition on the first weekend of every month and hold weekly creative workshops in their Loom Shop Gallery. Enjoy!