Here are 10 of my favourite places to go with dogs in and around Delph. The majority of each walk can be done offlead if your dog has a reliable recall. I've chosen places where you are unlikely to encounter any livestock but always be aware that sheep may wander or fences may not be dog-proof. Have fun!
Knott Hill (Access from Knott Hill Lane)
Peaceful quiet walk on the top of the hill with fabulous views over Delph.
Rabbit Holes, Delph (end of Hull Mill Lane)
Paddling in the river and the ford. Be aware of livestock in the field opposite.
Delph Donkey, Delph/Dobcross
Nice flat walk with swimming and paddling at the Dobcross end, joins up with the canal.
Nice flat walk with swimming places along the path and three dog-friendly cafes! You might want to put dogs on leads at the locks.
Moorgate Quarry, Uppermill (Off Ladcastle Road)
Hilly walk with fabulous views over Uppermill and further afield.
Lark Hill/Harrop Edge (Off Lark Hill Road or end of Long Lane)
Lovely ridge walk with fabulous views (walk on the footpath on the Diggle side to avoid livestock).
Brun Clough Reservoir, Standedge (Car park off A62)
Swimming and paddling in the reservoir (watch out for stray sheep). Also great for washing dogs after a muddy walk on the Pennine Way.
Redbrook Reservoir, Standedge (off A62)
Swimming and paddling in the reservoir, great for playing ball up and down the hills (watch out for stray sheep).
Pule Hill, Standedge
Fairly easy climb up to the top from Mount Road, rewarded with spectacular views to Marsden and beyond. (Watch out for stray sheep).
Crompton Moor, Crompton (Car park off Buckstones Road)
Hilly walks with swimming and paddling in the reservoir, good for short or longer walks.