You’d struggle to wander down any country path, or any street for that matter, in our region without running into one of the many dog owners that call Oldham home.
We’re a nation of dog lovers and people round here make that clear for all to see!
Which is why it’s a good thing that we’ve been blessed with some cracking dog walks in Oldham.
From quiet fields to full-sized country parks, there’s plenty of places you can take your four-legged furry friend to get some much needed fresh air and exercise.
With this in mind, if you’ve just added a canine to your family unit, or if you’re a seasoned dog walker and are looking to try somewhere a little different, here are a few Dog Walks in Oldham you need to try:
This walk has been a mainstay of both hikers and dog walks in Oldham for years and rightly so.
Situated in Greenfield overlooking Saddleworth Moor, Dovestone Reservoir offers sensational views of the Oldham and Greater Manchester area as a whole and is perfect if you’re looking to bring your dog along on your next hiking session, or if you’re just looking to give your companion a good workout.
Dogs are required to be kept on a lead at all times when walking the flat path directly around the reservoir, as dogs are not allowed to swim in the water for safety reasons.
But the farther you venture out on your chosen trail, the safer it will be to let you dog stretch his/her legs more freely.
There are numerous trails to choose from, each of differing lengths and walking difficulty. The shortest of which is around 2.5 miles long and keeps you relatively close to the reservoir itself. But when did a dog ever complain the route was getting too tough!
If you two did feel like venturing out a little further you could continue Northwards towards Yeoman Hey Reservoir and include a circuit of that, too. But again, there are numerous paths to choose from, making Dovestones one of the more versatile dog walks in Oldham.
But as we said, the real reason you head to Dovestones is for the views. So be sure to bring your camera and a wide-angle lens if you have one handy – you’re gonna need it!
Parking is available on-site but be sure to pay your parking fees as wardens patrol the area regularly. We wouldn’t want you to end up with a ticket!
Want to find out more? Check out the TripAdvisor page here.
Daisy Nook Country Park
A great spot for generic walkers and dog walkers alike, Daisy Nook Country Park is a regular spot for those looking for a quick morning stroll with their pooch or a much more in-depth dog walking experience.
In fact, a number of years ago Daisy Nook appeared in a list of ‘Top 21 areas to walk a dog in Britain’ so you can be sure you or your dog won’t walk away from the country park disappointed!
A convenient location for dog walkers from surrounding areas, it offers enough freedom to let your dog off the lead, yet is laid out with enough paths and walkways that you’ll never lose where you’re going and can always find your way back on track.
These are mostly flat surfaces, making for a nice and relaxed dog walking experience, yet with enough distance to really feel as though you and your dog are keeping fit.
But one of the main reasons our doggies love Daisy Nook is the chance to take a dip in the river and/or canal. Which they probably shouldn’t be doing, but it makes for an irresistible dip in the summer time!
And if you’re a gardening enthusiast, the popular Daisy Nook Garden Centre can be found close by.
Ready to visit Daisy Nook? Take a look at the TripAdvisor page here.
If you’re looking for a dog walk route with plenty of different views and terrain to tackle, then look no further than Crompton Moor.
Home to various plant life and wildlife, the moor is a well-known habitat for many different species of birds including Kestrel, Red Grouse, Skylark and others. This, amongst other reasons, is why Crompton Moor was designated as a Site of Biological Interest in 2003.
Because of this, it is recommended that you keep your dogs “under close control” when walking on the moor, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take advantage of the vast, open landscape and go for a bit of a run.
In fact the heather moorland, which offers cracking views across Shaw and Oldham, is perfect for dogs to frolic amongst the tall grass.
Or you can carry on up to Crow Knowl which, at 391 metres, is one of the very best viewpoints in all Greater Manchester, serving up seemingly endless views of the surrounding boroughs, towns and cities.
Whatever you choose, you’ll be in for a dog walkers delight on Crompton Moor.
Want to know more? Visit the Gov page here for more info.
Tandle Hill Country Park
The oldest country park in all of Oldham, Tandle Hill was originally used as meeting area for those planning and drilling protest marches in the 19th century.
Beech trees were planted and grown to deter this, which later led to the park once again became a game reserve.
This has created plenty of woodland for you and your dog to enjoy exploring. But you’ll never lose sight of woodland paths to guide your way – the park is so popular these paths are well-trodden and almost impossible to miss.
You’re free to let your dog of the lead if you so wish, so don’t worry about feeling restricted. And with 110 acres to cover, there’s plenty of room to run around!
And if you want to sample the finest three-hundred-and-sixty degree views the park has to offer (on a clear day you can even see as far as Wales!), you’ll find them at the tallest peak in the park, along with the War Memorial. This stone spire was built to commemorate the men of Royton who lost their lives in the First World War.
Want to know more about Tandle Hill? Visit the TripAdvisor page here.