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Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest 2009

Les in Chorlton 29 May 09 - 11:35 AM
jeddy 29 May 09 - 11:46 AM
Sooz 29 May 09 - 12:35 PM
GUEST,james 30 May 09 - 12:49 PM
Les in Chorlton 30 May 09 - 01:53 PM
r.padgett 31 May 09 - 08:42 AM
GUEST,Captain Farrell 31 May 09 - 09:18 AM
Pistachio 31 May 09 - 12:01 PM
Les in Chorlton 31 May 09 - 04:16 PM
Bernard 31 May 09 - 04:28 PM
Soldier boy 31 May 09 - 07:29 PM
Les in Chorlton 01 Jun 09 - 04:09 PM
GUEST,Captain Farrell 02 Jun 09 - 05:15 AM
GUEST,Rebec 02 Jun 09 - 05:39 AM
Aeola 02 Jun 09 - 08:26 AM
GUEST,M&C 02 Jun 09 - 09:16 AM
Les in Chorlton 02 Jun 09 - 10:35 AM
nutty 02 Jun 09 - 12:39 PM
Les in Chorlton 02 Jun 09 - 01:25 PM
Les in Chorlton 02 Jun 09 - 01:30 PM
Pistachio 02 Jun 09 - 03:07 PM
Aeola 02 Jun 09 - 03:46 PM
Bernard 04 Jun 09 - 02:03 PM
Les in Chorlton 04 Jun 09 - 02:11 PM
GUEST,AndyC 07 Jun 09 - 04:09 PM
Pistachio 07 Jun 09 - 06:50 PM
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Subject: Tech: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 May 09 - 11:35 AM

I now this may sound a bit daft but what is the access like to the campsite for Saddleworth Folk Festival?

Is it easy to get a caravan on and off and is it reasonably flat?

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Tech: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: jeddy
Date: 29 May 09 - 11:46 AM

the campsite for saddleworth is on a gravel running track getting on and off isn't a problem as long as you park the van with your' a frame and coupling hanging over the gravel.

finding it can be a bit of a nightmare it is down a road that just looks like it goes to a factory but the road widens out and down the bottom is a wide gate. once you find the right road it is easy we might come visiting for the day so might see you there!


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Sooz
Date: 29 May 09 - 12:35 PM

The running track gets very full if its wet, but there's plenty of room on the rest of the field (if the weather is good!)
Echo the comment about finding it - put the postcode into multimap and have a look at the arial photo - that really helped us the first time we went.


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: GUEST,james
Date: 30 May 09 - 12:49 PM

If its anything like last year the best way to park is with the vans and campers forming a circle with women and children and tents inside.


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 30 May 09 - 01:53 PM

Thanks that's really helpful

L in C


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: r.padgett
Date: 31 May 09 - 08:42 AM

Yes good access and egress

Field is very flat, but access point is away from the village of Saddleworth but once there a short walk over the field to the village and a number of very folk friendly pubs like the Wagon and Commercial and Uppermill Conservative club

The Greenfield Conservative club is used for events too

Ray

A grand little do for singers and musicians too


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: GUEST,Captain Farrell
Date: 31 May 09 - 09:18 AM

The road to the campsite i.e.Wellington Rd.is best approached from Uppermill(A670)then slip road to left(Chaple Rd.)left at the bottom, past new pub (Kingfisher)then left into Wellington Rd.Please be warned if you approach from Oldham(A669 then A670)you either have a very steep hill to decend with sharp bends or a tight "U" turn at Chaple Rd.Hope this is of some help if rather long winded.Rgds. Captain Farrell


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Pistachio
Date: 31 May 09 - 12:01 PM

Bring your wellies to Paddleworth/Puddleworth! It's the WET centre of folk fun - but well worth the visit.
Hazel.


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 31 May 09 - 04:16 PM

Thanks even more

L in C


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Bernard
Date: 31 May 09 - 04:28 PM

Just one teensy point, which always seems to confuse newcomers... there is no village called 'Saddleworth'! So don't look for it!

The festival is in Uppermill in the parish of Saddleworth, and access to the campsite is up the road in Greenfield!


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Soldier boy
Date: 31 May 09 - 07:29 PM

Yes. Good point Bernard. 'Saddleworth' is a fairly large district in Lancashire - just over the 'Yorkshire' border which (if coming over from Yorkshire) you enter via the A62 from Marsden,Slaithwaite and Huddersfield et al through the Colne Valley.
If travelling from Yorkshire just follow above route. Once you have climbed up the hill (avoiding the sheep) onto the moors,gone through a cutting and then started to drop down hill look out for the second turning on the left signposted UPPERMILL - This is where the festival is.

Also,just so there is no confusion or deterrant for tent-dwelling campers arising from jeddys'innocent remark that "the campsite for Saddleworth is on a gravel running track" - please note that all caravans,campervans and cars etc 'camp' on the very large and extensive gravel running track but all tents are pitched on good old grass on the playing fields (something like 4 or 5 or more! football/rugby pitches)and surrounding grassed areas.

It's a huge campsite that can accomodate ALL festival goers and you do not need to have a full weekend festival ticket to camp here. Anyone can camp here so you will find that the festival also has an extremely strong 'fringe'element and many of the excellent hostelries in Uppermill will be full of music and song.

Even better is the price. Only £10 per person for the full weekend (up to 4 nights). That's what I call value for money!

This site can get rather water-logged in wet weather so tent dwellers need to be careful where they pitch their tent (not in dips/depressions - especially around/outside the football/rugby pitches)but usually apart from that there is no real problem for tents.

The running track however does collect surface water which can be pretty deep and cover a large area. So many vehicles can end up being sat in a small lake of water.

The moral of this story for all campers is........bring yer wellies!!


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 01 Jun 09 - 04:09 PM

We had a walk around Delph today, then parked at the running track / campsite and walked into Uppermill. A brilliant site and a great place for a festival.

I have to say that it is my fault for having a caravan and trying to take it to this festival but perhaps some advice on routes in and out from Manchester would help me not to cause much unhappiness to my self and fellow drivers?

L in C


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: GUEST,Captain Farrell
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 05:15 AM

Hi! to Soldier Boy. Saddleworth is and always has been in Yorkshire.How else would the camping be such good value. I did hear that some festivals in Lancashire are charging more than that.So come to dear old Saddlewoth if you want a holiday for when it`s finnished raining you can help us with the hay.(H.B. Whitehead)
Rgds. Captain Farrell


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: GUEST,Rebec
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 05:39 AM

Not been before, what are the facilities like? Are there toilett, showers, security, catering... ?


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Aeola
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 08:26 AM

Security --- yes
catering --- Moor & Coast
Toilets --- yes }fairly basic but ok for Yorkshire!!!
Showers --- yes }


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: GUEST,M&C
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 09:16 AM

Sorry but Moor & Coast will not be catering on the campsite this year. We will be manning the bar at the Civic Hall tho'...


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 10:35 AM

Sensible routes Manchester - Campsite?

L in C


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: nutty
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 12:39 PM

It obviously depends which side of Manchester but the easiest route seems to be

M60

A62 to Oldham

A669 Oldham to Greenfield

At Greenfield Station - turn right into Shaw Hall Bank Road

then left into Chew Valley Road (still A669)

Then 2nd left into Wellington Road (the campsite entrance is at the very end)

Others may have other advise - this is just possible one route


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 01:25 PM

Thanks nutty, we live in South Manchester and think the route through Oldham looks ok. The route back may need to be different because of tight and blind bends

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 01:30 PM

The tricky bit seems to be around Greenfield Station and into Chew Valley Road

L in C


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Pistachio
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 03:07 PM

Heck, no Moor and coast
for breakfast, Tea and toast!
nor supper, late at night,
.....
sorry, poetic words fail me...

wish I still had my motorhome!
H.x


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Aeola
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 03:46 PM

No M&C!! Have to take my toaster!


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Bernard
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 02:03 PM

I'll bring the crumpets!


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 02:11 PM

Any chance on a bit of advice on:

The tricky bit seems to be around Greenfield Station and into Chew Valley Road

L in C


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: GUEST,AndyC
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 04:09 PM

Grr, it won't be the same without Moor and Coast - does anyone know if there will be any alternative catering on the site? Still, there are plenty of cafes and takeaways in Uppermill.

The toilets and showers on the site are a bit basic - they're really just changing rooms for the sports field. And bring a torch for any nocturnal visits!

As other people have said, the main problem with the campsite is that it gets soggy after it rains. It's a fantastic location though - and it's the best small folk festival that I've been to, lots going on in the village and very friendly.


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Subject: RE: Caravan access to Saddleworth Folk Fest
From: Pistachio
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 06:50 PM

Maybe if you read Nuttys directions again, and look out for helpful campsite directional signs you'll have little bother. Sorry I can't remember the route myself until I 'see' familiar sights.
H.


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