Welcome to

Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuits Association

The Boarshurst Centre, Saddleworth - Registered Charity No. 702185

The Boarshurst Centre is a single storey building located in the village of Greenfield, in the valley of the River Chew and on the edge of the Peak District National Park.  

The centre is entirely run and managed by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who wish to ensure that you enjoy your stay.

It is available to hire for overnight accommodation to all groups of people and families who wish to use it as a base from which to enjoy outdoor activities and events within the Saddleworth area. It can also be used as a base for families who wish to meet up for a family gathering.

The building provides warm, clean and well maintained facilities for the sole use of a visiting party of up to 32 people.

Greenfield has a local train station about 15 minutes walk away. We are 20 minutes from Manchester by train and 40 minutes from Leeds by train. There are also bus links to Oldham and Manchester. The village has a supermarket, local shops, pubs and eating establishments.

For booking enquiries please contact Mark Jones on 07979864472

Grant award from Saddleworth Community Hydro Ltd


We have just received confirmation that our grant application to Saddleworth Community Hydro Ltd to install energy efficient lighting has been successful. Many thanks must go to the society for supporting our centre. For more information about the Saddleworth Hydro project please follow the link: https://sites.google.com/site/saddleworthcommunityhydro/home

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What have we doing during lockdown?


Over the Summer when we have been forced to close we have been painting the external windows and doors in heritage colours to reflect our conservation area setting. We have been upgrading the bathrooms which have been painted throughout and new mirrors installed. New bedding has also been purchased.

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Re-opening News - June onwards


After several months of not being able to open we are hoping to open from June onwards. Please do not hesitate to make a provisional booking. We welcome affiliated groups and large family groups that are looking for a peaceful location to meet up in the beautiful Saddleworth area.

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Generous donation of photographs from local photographer Craig Hannah


We are so grateful to Craig Hannah for donating ten of his fantastic photographs to the Centre as part of our ongoing upgrading process. Craig's photographs can be purchased via - https://www.facebook.com/CraigHannahPhotography

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Generous donation of cleaning products by Robert Scotts


Robert Scotts of Greenfield have kindly donated the centre much needed cleaning products to make our centre ready for opening.

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Alphin Pans of Delph come to our aid


Many thanks must go to Alphin Pans who have kindly provided much needed new kitchen equipment to help with our re-opening at the end of next month. It is fantastic that local businesses such as this go out of their way to support local charities.

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                                       Our Communal Hall - Dining Area

                                       One of our Dormitories

                                             Our Large Kitchen

                                   Our Dining/Social Space

Our facilities include:

  • Two separate dormitories (bunkhouse Style) each sleeping 12 people.
  • Two attached leaders' dormitories or family rooms each for 4 people.
  • Each bed has a base sheet, pillow and pillow slip.  Please bring your own sleeping bag or duvet.
  • Two toilet blocks.
  • Washing machine and a condenser dryer.
  • The kitchen facilities include a large modern cooker, a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven and a dishwasher.
  • The Centre is run on a self-catering basis.
  • The main hall provides a dining/recreation area for 32 people.
  • A drying room/cloak room/boot room.
  • Wheelchair access is provided at the front and rear entrances.
  • A 10 space car park.
  • a secluded garden to enjoy the views.

Preliminary Visits

If you haven't been to the centre before or if you would like to view the Centre then please contact either Mark Jones (Bookings) (07979864472), Mark McLoughlin (Chairperson) (01457 871114) or Pam Byrne (Vice Chairperson) (01457 820149)

Details of Charges - Centre hire - sole use only - maximum number of guests 32 - 2 nights minimum


Adult                                                          £450 per night

Family Groups:                                         £400 per night

Child/Youth and University Groups      £350 per night            

(including Leaders)


If you wish to make a booking, we suggest that you do the following:

1. Contact Mark Jones.  He will check your required dates and confirm that they are still available.  Please email theboarshurstcentre@gmail.com 

2. Fill in a booking form and read the conditions of booking (below) - Please note that bookings cannot be accepted without completing one. 

3. Return the completed booking form, together with a deposit of £100.00.  The deposit is normally non-refundable, but due to the current pandemic this will be refunded if you are unable to stay due to the current situation or alternatively rearrange the booking.  The deposit will be refunded after your visit.

We prefer payment to be made by bank transfer to Co-operative Bank Sort Code - 08-92-99 Acc No. 67213584 - Account Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuits Association.  Please indicate the name of the group when paying.

4. We require payment 14 days in advance of the stay.  Deposits refunded after your stay.

BOOKING FORM - 2022.pdf

Booking Conditions.pdf


*All groups/families must have appropriate insurance to cover the group/family during their stay.*

We welcome all affiliated child, youth and adult groups from registered organisations as well as families who wish to use the centre as a base to enjoy the Saddleworth countryside and  to practice outdoor pursuits.

Groups who have used the Centre include:

  • Scouting Association such as Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Scout and Cubs.
  • Walking Clubs,.
  • Morris dance groups.
  • Overseas educational groups.
  • College groups.
  • Mountain Rescue Teams on training and exercise weekends.
  • Members of the Search and Rescue Dogs Association.
  • Students of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
  • Running Clubs.
  • Cycle Groups.
  • Families.
  • Post University meet-ups.
  • Church groups.

Saddleworth is ideal for people who enjoy outdoor activities. 

It is a fantastic walking area with stunning scenery with footpath routes across the Moors as well as leisurely walks along the canal or river into one of the beautiful Saddleworth Villages.    It is also a great cycling area with many challenging hills to climb along the Isle of Skye Road to Holmfirth.  There are rock climbing and bouldering areas.  Sailing is also an option.  There are plenty of horse riding stables nearby and even a local clay pigeon club. 

Here are just a few links that might be of interest: 

Saddleworth Discovery Walks  - Each walk is led by Chris Maylor, an experienced guide and author of the locally acclaimed Saddleworth Discovery Walks and Oldham Discovery Walks guidebooks. http://saddleworthdiscoverywalks.co.uk/guided-walks/ 

Dovestone Sailing Club http://www.dovestonesc.org.uk/ 

Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club http://www.rhcpc.co.uk/

Horse riding - Trans Pennine Trail - https://www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/horse-riders/

Saddleworth Runners - http://www.saddleworth-runners.co.uk/

Saddleworth Nordic Walkers - https://nordicwalkingsaddleworth.co.uk/

Saddleworth and District Angling Society - https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/fishery-list/462-saddleworth-and-district-angling-society

The History of the Boarshurst CentreThe History of the Boarshurst Centre
In 1810, under the Enclosure Acts two plots of land were granted to Mr C J Buckley and 25 others for building a public school at Boarshurst.  A condition was to build the school within 3 years.

There was no national system of education before the 19th century, and only a small section of the child population received any schooling.

The school was funded through public subscription and thirty-seven people promised amounts of subscriptions, equal to £291 7s. 6d. It was agreed that anybody who contributed more than £10 should be a trustee of the school.

It was resolved that the major part of the trustees for the time being should have the appointment of the schoolmaster, and also of discharging him for misconduct or misapplication and also of all other arrangements respecting the school.

It was also resolved that the said school shall be twelve yards in length and eight yards in breadth, with a boarded floor, and one storey high.

The school was opened in the year 1814 and named Boarshurst Academy and later Boarshurst School. Mr. James Platt, of Prospecton, was appointed the first master of the school.

The school was also used as a Sunday School from the very start, and was undenominational. Children of the working classes only attended on Sundays where they picked up a smattering of education.

In 1872 the school was registered for the solemnisation of marriages, but very few took place.

In 1874 the old school had become too small for its purpose and an extension was necessary. This was again funded through public subscription and the amount of £400 quickly raised.

The school had a high reputation for many years and with the dwindling hillside population and opening of other schools in the area caused a reduction in its numbers. At the end of March 1910, the school was closed as a day school and the Sunday School closed some years later. The building was used as club rooms for St Mary’s Church Boys Brigade.

In the late 1960s Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuits Association was established and took over the building as you see it today.

The Boarshurst Centre is the oldest surviving school building in Saddleworth, which is still in use.

Photographs courtesy of Peter Fox, Saddleworth Museum

  • Saddleworth Outdoor Pursuits Association, Boarshurst Centre, Boarshurst Lane, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7EA

We try and keep or calendar up to date.  To see if we have availability please click on the link below:

Upcoming Events

The Whit Friday Brass Band Contest10 Jun 2022Saddleworth, UK
Wellifest25 Jun 2022Well-i-Hole Road, Greenfield, Oldham, UK
Yanks Weekend06 Aug 2022Saddleworth School, High Street, Uppermill
Yanks Weekend07 Aug 2022Saddleworth School, High Street, Uppermill
Saddleworth Rushcart 202220 Aug 2022Uppermill, Oldham, UK

Past Events

Saddleworth Santa Dash04 Dec 2021Uppermill, Oldham, UK
Saddleworth Show 202219 Sep 2021Well-i-Hole Road, Greenfield, Oldham, UK

Pots and Pans War Memorial overlooking the Saddleworth Villages

Photographs taken in 1900 and 2011

We would like to thank the following organisations who support the work of our centre:

Tesco Community Grant - https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/

Saddleworth Hydro Sustainability Grants - https://www.saddleworthhydro.co.uk/

Saddleworth Historical Society - https://www.saddleworth-historical-society.org.uk/

Saddleworth Museum - https://www.saddleworthmuseum.co.uk/

Craig Hannah Photography - https://www.facebook.com/CraigHannahPhotography

Robert Scotts -- https://www.robert-scott.co.uk/about-us

Alphin Pans - https://alphin.co.uk

View across to the centre

Boarshurst Conservation Area