A Cheshire pub walk with stunning views gazing down onto miles of magnificent countryside
Boasting spectacular hilltop views, this 2½ mile Cheshire pub walk is mainly along surfaced paths with a few steeper sections. There are many excellent opportunities for observing bird life as you cross farm land.Download PDF Guide
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As you come out of the pub, cross the road and take a moment to enjoy the panoramic views stretching far across the Cheshire Plain. Turn left along the path that runs beside the field. After 200 or so yards, the path dips into a small valley. Cross the stile on your right and continue down the valley towards Gee Cross.
Bird species you might spot on the walk include lapwings, a ground-nesting bird with a distinctive tuft of feathers on top of its head. Linnets are also common – you can recognise this small, slim finch from their rapid chirruping song. In the skies above, you may well spot kestrels hovering or, soaring even higher, larger buzzards.
Continue downhill after the next stile and follow the path as it curves to the left before crossing a wooden bridge over a small brook. Head up a small grassy bank and follow the path as it goes downhill before reaching a road.
“Enjoy the panoramic views stretching far across the Cheshire Plain”
After climbing over the wooden stile, turn immediately right and head downhill along Lord Derby Road. At the junction with Wych Fold, turn right and continue the short way in to the village of Gee Cross. Cross Stockport Road and go down Knott Lane with Hyde Chapel on the right. After a short way, turn right into the churchyard by the large beech trees. Continue to the other side of the churchyard then turn right. At the post box on the corner, turn left and continue past the village shops and the Sam Redfern Village Green.
When you see Baron Road on your right, turn into and walk uphill to the top. Turn left through the gate and continue uphill along the footpath signposted for Lower Higham Visitor Centre. At the next gate, turn left onto Aspland Road, and after a short way, turn right at the junction of Higham Lane. Continue up Higham Lane, turning left to bring you to the Lower Higham Visitor Centre.
Immediately to the right of the centre is a short track leading up to open grassland. Go through the wooden gate on the right and walk along the surfaced footpath sign posted, ‘Quarry Car Park.’ This area of hay meadows and dry heath is rich in flowers during summer months. The path runs parallel to Higham Lane, and after going through a kissing gate and a few more stiles, you’ll reach the top of the meadow where it joins Werneth Low Road. Turn right and walk in front of Quarry Car Park, following the road slightly to the left at the junction. Continue uphill, along Werneth Low Road, passing Hyde Cricket Club before reaching the pub once more. Head straight through the doors and order yourself a well-deserved drink!
A short diversion from the Lower Higham Park’s visitor centre will take you to a memorial commemorating the 710 local men lost in The Great War.
Point of Interest
On a clear day, the panoramic views from Werneth Low stretch as far as the purple silhouette of the Welsh mountains.
Hare & Hounds
Walter Mansfield managed the pub from 1929 to 1983 – an amazing 54 years! His motto was: ‘Less talking, more drinking.’
Enjoying breathtaking views across Lancashire, Derbyshire and Cheshire, the handsome Hare & Hounds was built in 1728. The pub lies at the edge of the beautiful Werneth Low Country Park, a wildlife haven with many attractive walks and trails – yet is less than 10 miles from Manchester city centre.
Constructed from solid blocks of Pennine stone, this rustic country pub is an authentic 18th century 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 long before that. 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, celebrated the summer and winter solstice at Werneth Low, witnessing the same spectacular sunsets that are enjoyed from the Hare & Hounds today.
Inside, the pub still retains a farmhouse feel, with low ceilings and exposed beams. In the evening, the twinkling city lights spread across the Cheshire Plain below make a memorable dining experience.
Ever popular with ramblers, cyclists and nature-lovers, the Hare & Hounds offers the perfect spot to relax and re-energise, with delicious pub restaurant meals available all day – including seasonal specials, fine Sunday lunches and an excellent range of wines and cask ales.
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