The Brownhill Countryside Centre is in the heart of Saddleworth between Dobcross and Uppermill and is surrounded by dramatic Pennine scenery.

There is a permanent exhibition with information about the local area and the surrounding South Pennines to be found in the Uplands Discovery Centre, this is located on the first floor of the centre and accessed by stairs.

The centre has free exhibitions and toilets (wheelchair and pushchair accessible).

What's in the area?

Nature garden

The nature garden is accessible for all via a ramped walkway with tactile path indicators and raised planters.

The garden is planted with a range of cottage garden plants which are beneficial for wildlife especially pollinators. These include herbaceous perennials and annuals as well as a selection of herbs and vegetables.

The garden includes woodland and a hazel coppice area along with a wildflower meadow and pond with dipping platform. There are numerous wildlife habitats within the garden to encourage the wildlife. The garden provides an excellent educational resource, with a gazebo and bird hide that doubles as an outdoor classroom for visiting school and community groups. 

For further information about the garden and its facilities contact Brownhill Countryside Centre.

Besom Hill

This former hilltop quarry has a wild feel being situated at the top of Ripponden Road above Saddleworth.

The quarry face, with shale and sandstone strata visible though not accessible, dominates it.

Coniferous plantations have been introduced but have not hindered the views across Greater Manchester.

Delph Donkey

This former local branch railway line is now a recreational route for all to enjoy either on foot, horse or bike. 

Access to the Delph Donkey is off Mow Halls Lane, Dobcross towards the Old Station at Delph but horse riders and cyclists are advised to exit the route at Knarr Lane. 

In springtime there are many spring flowering woodland plants growing at the side of the old track including bluebells under the trees that now line the route.

Diggle Fields

Water is the main theme of this countryside area, with the Diggle Brook and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal forming two boundaries and a large duck pond is also present.

Two modern play areas cater for infant and junior age groups using the canal as their design influence in pine woodland surroundings.

Sculptures and interactive games lead the visitor on a network of paths the Standedge Tunnel entrance, (the longest, deepest and highest above sea level in the country).

Leavers Wood

This woodland lies to the north of Dobcross and rises steeply from its boundary with the River Tame.

The site is designated as a Site of Biological Importance (SBI) due to the woodland being semi-natural with oak and birch being the most abundant trees.

During the spring this area is awash with colour as the bluebells flower.

Remnants of an industrial past are evident in the mill lodges still present and used by the local fishing club.

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