8 members of the Transpennine Group, led by Robert, enjoyed a 6½ mile winter walk exploring Werneth Low and Etherow Country Park which opened to the public in 1968 incorporating the estate of the former cotton mill in Compstall, Cheshire and surrounding lands at the heart of the Etherow/Goyt Valley.
The term Low is a Northern English word for a hill and we started with a steady ascent for the first 2½ miles which was rewarded with good views. Evidence of Paleolithic and Iron Age settlement has been found on Werneth Low.
Etherow Country Park was one of Britain's first country parks. It is rich in wildlife with over 200 species of plants and some 100 species of birds.
The village of Compstall was a small hamlet that was transformed by the industrial revolution when it's cotton mill opened in the 1820's. Water power was used initially followed by steam at a later stage. Coal was mined for this in Ernocroft Wood nearby. Some 200 homes were built by the mill owner to house 800 workers and many of the original cottages and other structures remain unchanged.