Werneth Low Hilltop Trail

Stockport, Tameside

3 miles long

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This is a three-mile walk around the hilltop of Werneth Low with extensive views over the South Pennines, Derbyshire, the Welsh Hills, the Cheshire Plain and the conurbation of Greater Manchester. Much of the route straddles the border of Tameside and Stockport boroughs.

Recreation facilities available in Werneth Low Country Park include surfaced footpaths, horse-riding and cycle routes, picnic areas, view finders, informal gardens, and at many locations seats are provided for visitors to rest and take time to appreciate this unique area. A programme of events organised by the park’s Countryside Ranger Service takes place throughout the year. The country park’s footpaths link with the wider network of rights of way in the surrounding countryside. The 40-mile/64-km Tameside Trail and the Trans Pennine Trail long-distance route pass through the country park.

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. The Hare and Hounds Inn is also just southwest of the Quarry Car Park on the route.

How to get there

The main start point shown on this page (and in the leaflet) is Lower Higham Visitor Centre on Werneth Low. The nearest bus services is to the village of Gee Cross (from Manchester and Hyde except on Sundays).

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link 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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