WERNETH Low is a 200-acre country park located in Hyde. The area is both a haven for wildlife and where visitors can find peace and relaxation.
The park’s location provides panoramic views across Manchester and beyond to Liverpool and Wales, but it has had a sometimes turbulent and interesting past.
Ancient Britons buried their chiefs and worshipped the sun on ● UNRIVALLED FOR CHOICE & SERVICE Werneth Low. Their burial mounds can still be seen to this day.
The Romans fought a bloody battle with the ancient Britons here and the victorious Romans occupied the area and murdered the last surviving Britons.
The Vikings arrived in the area and made a settlement at Wich Fold and their occupation proved short but brutal.
The Normans came to the area soon after the battle of Hastings (1066). When writing the Doomsday Book they FREE DELIVERY & ASSEMBLY declared Werneth Low ‘waste’ and valued it along with half of Cheshire at 10 shillings.
It was the Tudors who planted many of the large holly hedgerows that grow on the lower slopes of Werneth Low. They hunted wild boar that lived in the wooded cloughs.
The Roundheads and Cavaliers fought the English Civil War and Judge John Bradshawe, who signed the death warrant of King Charles I, would often ride his grey horse across the Low. Providence Mill Alexandra St I off Croft St Hyde I Cheshire SKI4 IDX
During the Jacobite Rebellion, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) crossed the River Tame at Stockport on his way south. He and his other clan chiefs rode on to Werneth Low and spied the lay of the land.
The Georgians, by the various enclosure acts of this period, established the present field and meadow layout. The farmhouses of Lower and Higher Higham were built.
The Victorians built a race course on the very top of Werneth Low. Race days were great events and large amounts of money exchanged hands.
In 1921 the cenotaph was unveiled. This notable walk the dog OAK DINING landmark commemorates all the 710 servicemen from this area who perished in the First World War. During the Second World War anti-aircraft gun positions were placed at Windy Harbour and during the Manchester Blitz several bombs fell on Werneth Low.
On Sunday, December Opening Times: Mon to Sat 9:00am- 5:00pm Sun 10:00am- 4:00pm 2, there is a ramble to Mottram, meeting at Lower Higham Visitor Centre, Higham Lane, Gee Cross, Hyde SK14 5LR, at 10am. An abridged version of A Christmas Carol will be performed along the ten-mile route. Mulled wine and mince pies will meet the walkers on their return. For more info ring 0161 342 3055. PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE SPECIALISTS IN SOLID OAK
Mottram Church on a misty morning. Mottram is the location for this Sunday’s ramble