There were two reasons for this. First to get some fresh air – I’d started to feel quite lethargic after all this Olympic watching on tv. Ironic, eh?
Second, the rangers have set up a board in the visitor centre inviting people to pin photos of their ‘Moments in Time’ on the low. Sadly, not many had had any moments up there, at least none that they recorded with a camera and I am hoping that a few of mine might encourage others to join in.
For the uninitiated, the word ‘low’ doesn’t signify a lack of height, quite the opposite in fact. Low is a northern word for a hill and the one at Werneth is some 915 feet high offering panoramic views from the Pennines over to Oldham and Manchester and then on to the airport and the Cheshire plain. On a clear day you can see the Welsh mountains to the west.
Artefacts from the Bronze Age have been found on the low and evidence of an Iron Age farmstead from the first millennium BC can also be seen.
Dominating the hilltop now is the cenotaph commemorating the war dead from the nearby towns, but Hyde in particular.
Anyway, having taken my photos, I thought I should share some of them here.