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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

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