Werneth Low through the Ages

Event Details

  • Start Date Saturday, 13th of April 2024
  • End Date Saturday, 13th of April 2024
  • Start/End Time 11:00 - 16:00
  • Near Stockport, Greater Manchester
  • Categories
  • Groups ,
  • Approx Distance 7 Miles
  • TerrainMainly good paths or lanes, some open farmland with livestock, total ascent is 1083ft.

A moderately hilly 6.9 mile walk exploring different aspects of Werneth Low, a hill on the edge of the Pennines offering panoramic views across Greater Manchester and beyond in clear weather. Some remains dating back to the late Neolithic/Bronze Age and the Roman Occupation have been found. It is thought  that a Roman Road between Astbury and Castleshaw fort may have crossed Werneth Low with some evidence to suggest that a temporary marching camp may have existed.

From our starting point we ascend onto farmland on the western slope. Upon reaching the top we walk near to the site of a Royal Observer Corps monitoring post, used during the Cold War, before entering Werneth Low Country Park. We soon reach the War Memorial, a lasting monument to the 710 men of Hyde that perished in World War 1. Research work suggests a double ditch enclosure existed here in late Iron Age or Roman times.

After stopping at Windy Harbour vantage point, the site of a Home Guard base during World War 2, we walk along Apple Street, possibly of Roman origin. Our route continues along a scenic path and descends through farmland to Compstall Brow. We return though woodland and along footpaths over Romiley Golf Course, developed in it's current location in the early 20th century.

Equipment:  walking boots, warm clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers. Trekking pole(s) recommended if normally used.

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