My parents live in Hyde, about ten miles to the East of Manchester. This was in Cheshire when I was growing up but it is now in Tameside. The town is on the edge of the Pennines and is overlooked by Werneth Low. When I was young I was confused by the name, how can the highest hill around be called a Low; I now know this is a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon word of "lough" meaning hill.
After lunch I left my parents as they have always been big football fans and they wanted to watch the football on tv, Manchester United were playing somebody. I went for a walk up the Low, something I have not done for almost forty years since I left Hyde. The climb is from around 100 to 279 metres. The weather was warmish, sunny but hazy which restricted the views towards Manchester or the Pennines from the top.
|Nearing the top|
|The War Memorial, erected in 1921|
|War Memorial with the Wireless Transmission Station in the background.|
|My route was behind the bench then along the ridge to the left|
|View from the top, not much to see through the haze.|
|Looking back towards the War Memorial|
|Down, towards Broadbottom|
|Back Wood, still rather muddy|