Tameside High Ground – The Highest Walk In The Borough
I took my 8 year old grandson on the Tameside high ground while he was on holiday during the recent school break. The walk passes the highest easily accessible point in the borough. We started the Tameside high ground walk at the Hobson Moor Road/Dewsnap Lane junction and climbed up the path leading to the top of Hobson Moor Quarry. The quarry, now closed, is a site used by climbers to practice their skills.
After walking up through the field above the quarry we crossed the gated stile and walked over the narrow concrete bridge by the stream at Gallows Clough. We then made our way along the track to Gallowsclough Road. This is a narrow track which runs below Shaw Moor. Then it was up through the fields to turn left at the track leading to the trig point at Wild Bank Hill on Hollingworthall Moor.
There are great views on this Tameside high ground walk. At the trig point the views over Tameside and Manchester are superb. From the trig point we proceeded over Hollingworthall Moor to the stone stile overlooking the Lower and Higher Swineshaw Reservoirs. It was then a case of walking down through the large fields to Pack Saddle. From Pack Saddle we took the path uphill along the dry stone wall and then downhill to Middle Bank.
From Middle Bank the wide stone track leads up to a gate then down past Hollingworthall Farm. The route then passes a few stone properties before reaching Landslow Green. After Landslow Green, we took the back lane past various farms and properties on Dewsnap Lane. This eventually brought us back to our starting point at Hobson Moor Quarry.
All the tracks in this Tameside high ground walk are covered in Walks In Tameside – Volume 2 Southern Tameside.