Bringing Dogs to the Cottage

Pots & Pans Cottage is a dog-friendly cottage, and well-behaved dogs are very welcome to stay. All we ask is that you don’t allow your dogs to sit on the furniture or beds. The garden of the cottage is not secure, therefore inquisitive dogs shouldn’t be left outside unattended. The cottage is, however, perfectly located to access plenty of dog walking opportunities around Uppermill and Saddleworth.

With miles of moorland and a plethora of pathways upon which to perambulate, Saddleworth is the perfect place to bring your dogs on holiday

dogs can stay at Pots & Pans Cottage

Dogs are an integral part of life in Saddleworth and many pubs and cafés in the area welcome dogs.

Two fabulous local pubs that are in easy walking distance of the cottage and that welcome dogs are the Cross Keys and the Church Inn, they have lovely outdoor seating areas with fabulous views. The White Inn at Lydgate (pictured) is also dog-friendly, it’s a little further away (1-hour walk, or 10 minutes drive) but it is a great pub and worth a visit.

Dogs at the Whit Hart Inn

Two lovely local cafes that welcome dogs are the Limekiln Cafe on the canal in Uppermill and Grandpa Greene’s Ice Cream Parlour on the canal in Diggle. Grandpa Greene’s have two large dog-friendly terraces which are fully heated & covered; they even have a dog menu!

If you are out and about in Saddleworth with your dog, please keep them on a lead, especially if you are taking public footpaths across farmland where sheep are present. You will see plenty of sheep in the hills up above the cottage and at Dovestones Reservoir. Even if your dog is normally calm and obedient they should not be allowed to run loose around livestock. Every year sheep are killed, injured and miscarry after being chased or attacked by normally placid dogs.

keep dogs on a lead at lambing time

Please be aware that during Lambing season if you are out and about with your dog in the fields around Saddleworth please make sure to keep your dogs on a lead and take extra care when using public footpaths across farmland.


There is one pet shop in Uppermill: Village Pets is at 4 Court Street,  Uppermill, near the Co-op. (01457 872612) Open: 8.30am – 5.30pm (10.30am – 4.00pm Sundays).

The local Vet is  Ian McConnell Veterinary Practice at 5 Saddleworth House, Tame Street, Uppermill, 01457 870405. Open: 8am – 7pm Monday – Friday,  8am – 1pm Saturday and 10am – 11pm Sunday. 

Below are some links to interesting walks that are not too challenging, and are perfect to take dogs exploring around Uppermill and the surrounding area.

Visit Oldham has a handy map of a circular route of the Uppermill Trail that takes in many of the interesting sites in the village.

Saddleworth Parish Council have a number of excellent walks explained on their website, these are taken from the excellent local book Saddleworth Discovery Walks which is available to buy here.

Walking Britain has a moderately challenging but very rewarding 4.5-mile walk that takes you up to Pots and Pans. This is one of the most popular walks in Saddleworth and is very rewarding for the Saddleworth views from the top.

The dog-walking website Walkies has a number of easy Saddleworth walks including a 4.5-mile walk that takes you around the old Roman area of Castleshaw.

Visit Oldham has a map and some information on walking around Dovestones Reservoir in Greenfield. It is an easy walk of about 2.6-miles in breathtaking surroundings. Be warned, Dovestone reservoir can get very busy, especially at weekends. If you really want to visit Dovestone, I’d recommend going very early in the morning.

Dovestones Reservoir © Copyright Bridget Atkin 2018

Pots & Pans Cottage is a charming L shaped 18th-century weavers cottage located in a small hamlet 10 minutes walk from the centre of Uppermill in Saddleworth. If you are interested in visiting Uppermill and exploring beautiful Saddleworth then click on the book now button below to view the prices and availability and make a booking.

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