Walks In Tameside – The Main Starting Points
For anyone who would like to make a start on the many walks in Tameside there are six main centres to concentrate on. Three in Northern Tameside and three in Southern Tameside.
In Northern Tameside the three main starting points are Park Bridge in Ashton-under-Lyne, Carrbrook in Stalybridge and Daisy Nook, on the Ashton-under-Lyne, Littlemoss and Failsworth border. The three main starting points in Southern Tameside are the Lower Higham Visitor Centre at Werneth Low, Mottram Road/Moss Lane in Broadbottom and Hobson Moor Road in Mottram.
Park Bridge gives access to Daisy Nook, Lower Hartshead, Higher Hartshead, Hartshead Pike, Mossley Cross and the Luzley areas. Hartshead Pike provides great views over Manchester and the Welsh Hills, particularly on a clear day, when the telescope at Jodrell Bank can be clearly seen. The Daisy Nook Country Park is the place from which to explore the Medlock Valley and the Littlemoss areas. From Carrbrook there is a fine walk up to the Cowbury Reservoir as well as access to the areas surrounding Harridge Pike and Swineshaw Moor.
Many fantastic walks in Tameside start at the Lower Higham Visitor Centre at Werneth Low. The Cenotaph provides great views of Manchester and the surrounding hills. The greenness of the Etherow Valley brings memories of the Lake District. This is truly a place you can forget the hassle of traffic. Broadbottom is another access point to the Werneth Low area through Hodge Fold and Great Wood. Try a walk via Hague Road or Pingot Lane to Warhill in Mottram or across the fields to Woolley in Hollingworth. Arguably the best starting point of all to experience one of the walks in Tameside is Hobson Moor Road in Mottram. From here the highest parts of Tameside are accessible and Hollingworthall Moor, at any time of the year, is a delight. Walks around the reservoirs at Walkerwood, Brushes, Lower and Higher Swineshaw are certainly places to get away from the madding crowd.
For those who have never experienced any of the walks in Tameside, they don’t realise some of the beauty they are missing on their own doorstep.