Etherow Country Park, Compstall and Werneth Low Cenotaph

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In football commentator terms, this is a walk of two halves. After ten minutes by the River Goyt the ascent towards Werneth Low starts... and continues. Pleasant fields lead up to a farm and tracks from there lead up again to the war memorial. The views from there are outstanding; I can think of several other such memorials which are testimony to the determination of the survivors that the sacrifices of WWI should not be forgotten. From here, by contrast, it is all downhill and mostly on tracks or estate roads that are easy underfoot, while the views are still there for some time. It's a good day out if you can manage 1,000' of climbing in 2.5 miles.

In August 2019 the footpath between Waymarks 2 and 3 was closed as the riverbank had given way and it is now necessary to turn right at Waymark 2 and follow the road uphill on the pavement past the church to Waymark 5. However,the path between Waymarks 3 and 4 has deteriorated to the point where it has become an almost dangerous struggle and I would recommend the temporary route even when the river path has been restored.

England - North England - Manchester - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
12/08/2019 - Jim Grindle

August 2019. The river bank has given way between Waypoints 2 and 3 and it will remain closed for 6 months. An easy diversion is to turn right rather than left when you reach the main road and follow the pavement uphill past the church to Waypoint 5. In fact,the path from 3 to 4 has now become so dangerous that I would recommend this as the better route even when the riverside path is re-opened. Jim Grindle.

11/07/2014 - Geoffrey Robertshaw

Once again Jim Grindle has come up with a great walk. The walk is muddy in places but on a good day like today the views from the Cenotaph are fantastic and well worth the effort of getting there.

28/01/2013 - Vivien Quigley

Did this walk yesterday and found it very enjoyable, if a little muddy in places. Also at No 9 when you reach another farm, go through little gate attached to blue metal gate would help.

18/09/2011 - Andrea Goodall

Just did this walk on a sunny September day (but after several days of heavy rain). The path between 3 & 4 was quite overgrown & we must have missed our way as we ended up scrambling up a muddy & bramble covered bank when the path we were on fizzled out - so look out for the path going off to the right as you are climbing the steps (as we thought we had followed the apparent path). We managed to make our way across to point 4 & the walk was then very enjoyable. There is a useful pub stop half way & after the climbing is finished - turn left at point 12 & walk about 200yds along the road to the Hare & Hounds. Farm fields for the first half so dogs on leads but second half excellent for dogs.

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