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"Winds of the Pennines fresh and free, you were ever good friends to me". So reads the inscription on Ammon Wrigley's memorial, high above Castleshaw Reservoirs and the Roman Fort. But now there are plans to harness this windpower to provide electricity. Seven giant turbines, each three quarters the height of Blackpool Tower, would be erected on the Denshaw moors. They would be visible for miles around - it's enough to make the poet turn in his grave.

LOCATION: Six miles north-east of Oldham
START: Castleshaw Centre public car park, Waterworks Rd off A62, one mile north-east of Delph (Grid reference SD997092)
DISTANCE: Seven miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: Four hours
MAP: Explorer OL Dark Peak & South Pennines
Landranger 109 & 110

REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask


This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News