Discover. Explore. Enjoy.

Discover an urban wilderness

In the heart of Oldham, five minutes from the town centre, lies a hidden wilderness waiting to be discovered. Loved by locals who know and visit it, the Northern Roots site stretches all the way from award-winning Alexandra Park in the north, past Park Bridge Heritage Centre, to Bankfield Clough in the south; 160-acres of lush urban green space looking out onto the foothills of the Peak District.

Connect with nature

The Northern Roots site offers a diverse range of habitats, including woodland, moorland and seasonal wetlands. It is home to an abundance of native and migratory birds, plants, trees and mammals. Look closely and you might discover migrant willow warblers newly arrived from Africa, foxes in broad daylight or sparrowhawks circling overhead.

Explore history and place

From Roman roads and Victorian railways, to Pony Club events and sheep dog trials, the Northern Roots site is full of history – and memories.

Oldham itself is steeped in history. A history of Vikings, fossil forests, steel smelting and social activism. Discover the history of the Cotton Famine in stunning Grade 2 listed Alexandra Park, then walk through the Northern Roots site to Park Bridge Heritage Centre to discover the fascinating past of this once bustling ironworks.

Get active

Run, bike, walk, ride. Take the kids out to explore. Take the dog for a walk. Take time out of everyday life.

We have challenging mountain biking trails at the southern end of the site, plenty of space for the kids to let off steam, and if you’re bored of running the same old route, come and discover our mixed-terrain trail runs.  Northern Roots is actively used by local equestrians, so you may meet horses and riders on your travels too! Whatever you enjoy doing, there’s plenty of space for everyone. 

Your Northern Roots

Please enjoy and respect this beautiful community space. Take your litter home with you and observe current social distancing guidelines.

At 160-acres, it’s easy to get a little lost on the Northern Roots site! All part of its charm. We’re working hard to improve signage and wayfinding, but to get you started, we’ve created a couple of routes you might like to explore. Download your map here (PDF)

Over the coming months we’ll be sharing suggestions for what you can do on site. To find out more, follow Northern Roots on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  If you’re out and about on site, please share your photos and stories with us on any of our platforms and tag us in. We’d love to see them.

For directions, parking and facilities see Find Us.