History of the Hare & Hounds
Situated on a narrow country road, in Werneth Low, near Hyde, some 800 feet above sea level, The Hare & Hounds enjoys panoramic views over a number of counties, including Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Built in 1728, this rustic country pub is an authentic 18th century Pennine stone farmhouse with two adjoining cottages. As the oldest pub in the district, records show there has been a licensed inn here since 1794, but the commanding heights of Werneth Low have attracted settlement since prehistoric times. Nearby Hangingbank shows evidence of possible Iron Age occupation, and Bronze Age and Roman finds have been uncovered in the area. The Brigantes, a Celtic tribe that dominated northern England prior to the Roman conquest of Britain, celebrated the summer and winter solstice at Werneth Low, witnessing the same spectacular sunsets that can still be enjoyed today from The Hare & Hounds.
From 1838 to 1850, there was also a racecourse just opposite, where people from miles around would come to enjoy an afternoon of horseracing. Records show that on the first day of racing, some 6,000 people came to Werneth Low and the prizes ranged from ten to thirty guineas.
Innkeeper Walter Mansfield managed the inn from 1929 to 1983. When Mansfield first took residence, the inn was derelict with no water, electricity or sanitation. So he made the place much more habitable and homely, establishing his own generator along with his own motto: ‘Less talking, more drinking’.
Werneth Low Country Park
The Hare & Hounds stands on the south western corner of the glorious Werneth Low Country Park. This scenic park sweeps dramatically across the northern and western slopes of Werneth Low, and yet is only 9.5 miles from Manchester city centre, making it the perfect place for city dwellers to find peace and quiet for the day. A haven for wildlife with many attractive walks, bridleways and cycle trails, the park offers breathtaking views across Manchester and Cheshire and, on clear days, the Welsh mountains and the Pennine Hills.
The coast-to-coast Trans Pennine Trail, covering 215 miles of richly diverse landscapes from Southport to Hornsea, crosses Werneth Low Country Park on Mottram Old Road. The spectacular scenery of the Peak District National Park is within easy reach of The Hare & Hounds, with Tintwistle and the Longendale Valley just five miles away.
After drinking in the ancient beauty of Werneth Low and the panoramic views, or enjoying the nearby Pennine countryside, The Hare & Hounds offers the perfect spot to relax and re-energise, with delicious pub meals available all day, including seasonal specials, fine Sunday lunches and an excellent range of wines and cask ales.
Directions to the Hare & Hounds
You can find The Hare & Hounds on Werneth Low Road in Hyde, Cheshire, not far from Hyde Cricket Club and Werneth Low Country Park. Just key SK14 3AA into your satnav.