Werneth Low and Gee Cross Circular


2.5 miles long

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Gate to Rye Field cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Gerald England - – cropped from original

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This is a circular 2½- mile / 4-km hilly walk on mainly surfaced paths around Werneth Low and the historic village of Gee Cross. According to Wikipedia, “Gee Cross village centre dates back to the times of the Domesday Book.” It adds that “Gee Cross is home to a recently instituted well dressing festival, which is an ancient custom in the Pennines. There is also another recent addition, an annual village fete, which is a major fund-raising event for local charities held on the site of a former reservoir, which is now classified as the village green.”

Accessibility and facilities

As the walk route includes styles and some ascents and descents, it is not rated as suitable for wheelchair or pushchair-users.

Toilets and refreshments are also available, according to Tameside Council, at the Lower Higham Visitor Centre where the walk starts and finishes. There are also pubs and cafes on the route of the walk in Gee Cross.

How to get there

The main start point shown on this page (and in the leaflet) is Lower Higham Visitor Centre on Werneth Low. We also give an alternative start point of Sam Redfern Village Green in Gee Cross, which benefits from more frequent bus services (from Manchester and Hyde except on Sundays).

To work out how to get to and from the walk start points, simply click the Google Maps link(s) on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at

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