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Heritage Open Days - Rooley Moor Heritage Trails

13 September 2019 - 22 September 2019

Friday 13 September 2019 - Sunday 22 September 2019
10am - 5pm each day

Meet at Healey Dell Heritage Centre and Tea Rooms
121 Dell Road
OL12 6BQ


Every year in September, England’s largest voluntary cultural event returns as a celebration of local and national heritage. Co-ordinated nationally by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership and locally by Link4Life, Rochdale takes part by opening the doors to various historic buildings throughout the borough that are usually closed to the public or charge an entrance fee.

Local buildings full of history will be open and free to explore, many of which include differing age, style and function across the borough all with fascinating guided walks, tours and talks.

Organised by Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum, take a walk to appreciate the spectacular open moorland views, uncover the past and find out about the rich history of Rooley Moor.

5 Mile Leisurely Walk - The walk will start and finish in the car park at the Healey Dell Heritage Centre & Tea Rooms. Healey Dell is a Nature Reserve set beneath a towering eight-arched, 100-foot high railway viaduct above the River Spodden. The River Spodden tumbles through the narrow winding dell with waterfalls and “fairy” grottos that legend says were once the haunt of Robin of Locksley. The poet Lord Byron (1788-1824) was Lord of the Manor of Rochdale and apparently regularly visited Healey Hall.

Four, free, self-guided heritage trail booklets are available from the BBC plaque, just before the cattle grid in Catley Lane Head village.

Trail 1: Rooley Moor and the Cotton Famine Road - 3.8 miles (6.2 kilometres) circular walk where you can find out more about the rich history of Rooley Moor and the Cotton Famine Road.

Trail 2: Greenbooth from Rooley Moor - 2.9 miles (4.7 kilometres) circular walk, which takes you along the banks of Greenbooth reservoir. Many tales surround the old village of Greenbooth, which was flooded to make way for the reservoir.

Trail 3: Healey Dell from Rooley Moor - 3.2 miles (5.2 kilometres) circular walk. Healey Dell is a Nature Reserve set beneath a towering eight-arched, 100-foot high railway viaduct above the River Spodden.

Trail 4: Prickshaw and Brodley Fold from Rooley Moor - 3.8 miles (6.12 kilometres) circular walk. Prickshaw and Broadley Fold is a fine example of an historic Pennine Hamlet and former textile community.

Opening Times:

  • Friday 13 September: 1000-1700
  • Saturday 14 September: 1000-1700 - Guided Walk 1300
  • Sunday 15 September: 1000-1700
  • Monday 16 September: 1000-1700
  • Tuesday 17 September: 1000-1700
  • Wednesday 18 September: 1000-1700
  • Thursday 19 September: 1000-1700
  • Friday 20 September: 1000-1700
  • Saturday 21 September: 1000-1700
  • Sunday 22 September: 1000-1700

No booking required.

Max 20 people per tour/session. Allow at least two hours for a leisurely walk and to appreciate the spectacular open moorland views.

Meet at 13.00 in the car park at Healey Dell Heritage Centre and Tea Rooms If taking a self guided walk, we recommend you start from Catley Lane Head village on Rooley Moor Road, OL12 6BN.

Entry fee: Free

Contact: Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum
01706 354161

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