Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Uppermill

We had a drive to Uppermill today. It's a village in Saddleworth and is now part of Oldham Borough although before the boundaries were re-defined in 1974 it was in Yorkshire. It's best known for it's cotton and wool mills during the Industrial Revolution and it's brass band.

It was a lovely day for having a walk around, damp but dry and the colours on the trees were beautiful. 

It's about 10 miles from where we live and took about 30 minutes to get there.

Just 15 minutes in the car and a couple of miles out of Oldham and we're in open countryside heading through Lees towards Uppermill.
We parked at Alexandra Mill. It used to be an arts & crafts centre but since our last visit has been converted into apartments.
We had a leisurely stroll by the canal.
And spotted this canal boat. 
The canal path brought us out by Saddleworth Museum. We didn't go in because it only opens in the afternoons, but I'd have liked to have a look around.
We had a stroll up the High Street
And stopped for a coffee at this lovely little cafe in a courtyard
Then we made our way back through the park
Back to the canal
Back down the street
And finally back to Alexandra Mill and the car


We were only out for a couple of hours but I really enjoyed it. There's just something about the moors, the blackened brickwork and the mills with their tall chimneys that I can't help but love. 

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