Sports & Activities

You will be overflowing with options for sport and activity participation across cycling, hill walking, rambling, rock climbing, sailing and many more besides.

Cycling is a fun healthy way to explore the beautiful Countryside of the Peak district and there are many local Cycling Trails ideal for family cycling, whilst remote moorlands bridleways provide a challenge for experienced mountain bikers. Major Trails in the Peak district include The Longendale near Crowden which is a former railway line, and further to the South are Monsal, Tissington and high Peak Trails. You can bring your own bikes to Dovestone Park or hire them from a nearby hire centres and dedicated bike stands are provided at all lodges.

The Peak District National Park estimate they have some 65 miles of off road trails on which horse riders are welcome. The bridleway network also offers possibilities for the more adventurous www.bridleways.co.uk. The experienced rider wanting a long distance trek will know of the 268 mile (431km) Pennine Bridleway across rugged mountain terrain.

Within the Peak District you have some very popular climbing routes and also some of the most challenging in the UK.  The Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stanage Edge, closer to Sheffield, are of particular note. Nearby Chew Valley is  a well known gritstone climbing area and Dean Rocks reach up to 460m. Training first on artificial rock climbing walls is now the obvious starting point for the sport.

There are several Golf Courses around the Oldham area and further afield. A summer opening pitch and putt course can be found at Bishops Park.

Various outdoor events use Brownhill Countryside Centre as a base so it is best to check what is currently available from a website www.oldham.gov.uk.

In the football arena you have Premiership sides including Manchester City and Manchester United or a little further away Liverpool FC. Then there are a host of towns and cities with a strong soccer tradition such as Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Huddersfield, Leeds and Sheffield. Remembering also that the train from nearby Greenfield station, should get you to the centre of Manchester in around 30 minutes.

First class cricket grounds include Old Trafford (Manchester) and Headingley (Leeds). You will typically have some Test Cricket at one of these venues every season.

There is a very strong tradition of top Rugby League in the towns and cities around Dovestone including Bradford, Leeds, St Helens and Warrington as examples.

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