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Werneth Low Country Park

Werneth Low Country Park

Werneth Low Country Park in Gee Cross, Hyde offers beautiful and stunning views across Tameside, Manchester and Liverpool. On a clear day you will be able to see the glorious mountains of Wales and the Pennine hills. The Country Park has over 200 acres of beautiful countryside which is a haven for many types of wildlife. It is renowned for being a place to find peace and relaxation.

Getting to Werneth Low Country Park

From the Tesco Express at the end of Stockport Rd, Gee Cross, turn left onto the A560 towards Mottram for about ¼ of a mile until you reach Spring Ave just before Alder Community High School. Follow the road up until you reach Lower Higham Visitor Centre. There are also alternative car parks at the Quarry and Windy Harbour.

A Brief History of Werneth Low Country Park

On the 25th June 1921 Hyde's War Memorial was opened following a public appeal in 1920 which raised over £14,000. The Committee for the War Memorial purchased Lower Higham Farm and all the associated land. Following this the land was protected and holds a lasting tribute to the 710 local men who died in the 1st World War. The farm and all the land are now held in trust by the Hyde War Memorial Trust.
During the late 1970's, Tameside MBC, Greater Manchester Council and the Hyde War Memorial Trust agreed to establish the Country Park and following this, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester officially opened the park on the 9th June 1980.

Lower Higham Visitor Centre

Lower Higham Visitor Centre was formerly the Lower Higham Estate farm house which dates back to the 17th Century. There are displays and exhibitions inside the visitor centre along with publications, leaflets, souvenirs and light refreshments. Immediately outside the visitor centre is an orchard, herb gardens and picnic areas.

Wildlife in the Park

Werneth Low hosts a wide range of wildlife including Lapwing, Redwing, Linnet and Kestrels. There is also a network of horse riding tracks which cross the country park which link up with other bridleways extending beyond Werneth Low. The meadows are flower rich and dry heathland are extremely interesting to plant lovers or for the tourists who just want to relax in the exquisite surroundings especially in Autumn when you can observe the annual migration of geese.

People with a Disability

There is easy access from the Lower Higham car park into the visitor centre, where the staff are used to meeting people with special needs. There is a disabled persons toilet adjoining the centre. The Croft picnic area, adjoining the Lower Higham car park, and the nearby herb garden, are accessible by people in wheelchairs.

Follow the Country Code!

• Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs.
• Leave gates and property as you find them.
• Protect plants and animals and take your litter home.
• Keep dogs under close control.
• Consider other people.

Opening Times

Saturday - 1pm to 4pm
Sunday - 1pm to 4pm
Tuesday - 1pm to 4pm
Bank holidays - 1pm to 4pm
The centre is not open on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.
You can also contact the ranger outside the opening hours by phoning 0161 368 6667.

Werneth Low Country Park
Lower Higham Visitor Centre
Higham Lane
Hyde
SK14 5LR
Tel: 0161 368 6667

Werneth Low Country Park 


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