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Name:Heaton Park
Hill number:5516
Height:110.3m / 362ft
Parent (Ma):2810  Black Hill
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Manchester (UA)
Class:Current County/UA Top
Grid ref:SD 83141 04845
Summit feature:no feature: ground by reservoir fence
Col:97m  SD832045  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 109
(1:25k) 277
Observations:ground 450m SE by temple is 107.7m
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica GS15
Survey of Heaton Park.pdf
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 119 users)ByDate of Ascent
From car park WSW - £1 for an hour's parking. Park paths to the temple, short cut through woodland to pick up another path, then rough cattle pasture to comms mast compound. HP in woodland between compound and reservoir fencing. On to the trig pillar. Introducing Dave McGimpsey to county top and trig bagging :-)jonglew08/08/2019
In passing after the cafe visit and en route to Addinghamnordicstar09/01/2019
Revisit for new top location. 11 years to the day since initial visit.Bramley03/01/2019
Re-visit for new position.andrew brown13/12/2018
With Mart and the dogs. Early morning jaunt so free parking before 10am. Crawled under security fencing to access the temple though was surprised to see a few dog walkers around at 7amish.John Eley25/11/2018
With E. Pleasant morning walk from Lake car park (Sheepfoot Lane), past boating lake, up to Heaton Hall and Orangery, then onto The Temple. Although fenced off for repairs was able to get close enough for hp 10 fig grid ref to match. Then across to trees at back of telecomms tower and hp by reservoir fence. Reservoir level very low. Good views across to city skyline from several points in the park.Beeliner24/11/2018
On way back from bagging Bleaklow Head and Higher Shelf Stones.Longwojo28/10/2018
Parked at club house at 83975 04464 (free before 10am on Sundays) and walked up to the temple. It has been deemed unsafe and is surrounded by temporary fencing but you can roll under it at the back side. Walked over to alternative top which, luckily, is just outside the TV mast compound on the north side.clivevilla09/09/2018
From Heaton Park Metro station with Caden and Traceyderrymark02/09/2018
Parking: Golf club carpark SD839 044. When to both potential tops.David Evans04/03/2018
Nice walk to the summit beacon after a long drive north! Lovely park and nice to amble around before a night out in the city centre. Enjoyed the views across to my old stomping ground, the Peak District!Gerry the Ranger05/01/2018
survey with G&J SurveysGeorge Gradwell18/12/2017
Walked up from Heaton Park tram stop. Area in wood between tower and reservoir is almost certainly higher than the current top.Ramblingpaul07/12/2017
From the golf club car park. Magnificent autumnal beech trees. Delightful and impressive top.Campbell Singer26/11/2017
Walked up from the golf car park. No charges at present. Delightful urban hill.Barbara Singer26/11/2017
From boating Lake, very busy with joggers and dog walkers.rhalstead20/08/2017
Walked from Picadilly Station to make it interesting. (Took a 135 bus back from Bury Old Road.)lenman01/04/2017
On a visit to many county high points around Manchester and Liverpoolmagirob16/03/2017
Explored Heaton Park from the Boating Lake car park on a fine day. Visited the alternative high point on the wooded knoll by the communications tower, and the temple. Rather incongruously for a neo-classical structure, this contains two battered armchairs beside a fire. Superb views from a very pleasant spot.Nick Down115/03/2017
with Cissy, some caches, play, farmyard then wander to the templeAvidSockWearer24/02/2017
Achieved via public transport, the park has its own Metrolink stop. Discovered that the park is really very beautiful on a clear winter's day, and also that the ponies bite.geeoharee02/01/2017
Walked to the summit temple from the north gate of Heaton Park then continued south along the Manchester city boundary to the city centre.lecube20/09/2016
Unticked summit as Visited the Temple high point only with my daughter Katherine from Manchester. We Took the 135 bus from Picadilly Gardens and randomly came across this area. Great views over the city to the moors beyond. Will have to return to tick true summit.Dazingdale29/08/2016
Nice evening walk in Heaton Park with Justine and Michael our son who is at uni in Manchester. Lovely views from the summit. Temple building on the top built 1800 for the first earl. Our first logged assent since registering.One man Bucket 14/05/2016
2/6 First of another great day in peak district (Newcombe drive/Heaton park/Blackstone Edge/Wimberry Moss/Hoarstone Edge/Dead end Edge)Fergalh20/03/2016
Parked on Heywood Road - bridleway alongside the reservoir bagging the trig on the way then into Heaton Park through the unassuming Gate 1 to be greeted by the Highland Cows - our goal now visible topped by its 1800 Classical Temple - Clear Blue with snow covered hills to the north and east. After a quick look at Heaton Hall (currently being renovated after fire damage in 1983)we retreat the way we came.briandavies06/03/2016
Wandered around the park in the morning; saw Tottenham win at Man City in the afternoon - a cracking day out!Richard14/02/2016
Diversion on way to Manchester Christmas Market(!)Pleasant park with good views to snow-covered Pennines.With Bridget.catman21/11/2015
With Catman.rosiebridge21/11/2015
Quick detour to bag this whilst taking part in the Alzheimer's Memory Walk with Marlibenji_willy26/09/2015
From East, temple and himalayan balsam bedecked hillock beside comms tower. Pleasant stroll at duskRHW04/09/2015
Plenty of high points to choose from (the folly is a particularly nice one) and got to them all. A very pleasant summit all in all, unlike the next one I did.DanHolme26/08/2015
A jog through a lovely park (£10 million lottery money has been spent on the upkeep) Full of interest with grand buildings,gardens, stables, folly on summit, a bee hive collection. Views of the Pennines and the modern high rise towers of Manchester. Many families and children enjoying the summer holiday, on the playground , playing football, riding bikes, eating ice cream. In 1982 Pope John Paul II held a service here for @250,000 people. I also took in the highpoint by the Heaton Park BT Tower (one of the UK' few 'Chilterns' type concrete towers)Chris Pearson05/08/2015
From the car park at the golf club. A short walk to the temple. Walked to the other alleged high point near to the mast. Solo.bolton11/06/2015
1/6 short walk up from car parkmcallmar19/05/2015
On Thirlmere Waynickywood106/02/2015
Walked from the tram stop, sheltered at the Temple while a sleet shower passed. Great views towards the Pennines.Jake99412/12/2014
Very pleasant walk for an afternoon out in the city. You can download a free map, which takes you on a 4 mile walk that takes in parts of the park where there are cows grazing & no other walkers. Well worth it when you haven't got time to get out to a bigger hill.Lazylizzie11/10/2014
From free car-park to East, pleasant stroll. Temple door locked...Aye Jimmy16/09/2014
possibly higher ground within 110m contour just outside telecom mast perimeter fence SD 83175 04840George Gradwell28/07/2014
Parked on car park to east at SD 83967 04461. Visited temple (108m spot height) and 110m contour ring.David Gradwell28/07/2014
From the North car park. Background noise of traffic. Convenient café.Newton Maximus27/06/2014
Park at North car park. Easy walk past hall to temple. 11.50.arranc25/05/2014
Parked in car park on our way to Skipton. A very pleasant stroll with views over parts of Manchester.Jacqdaw29/03/2014
Pleasant little Womble stroll.destaylor28/02/2014
Easy parking within the grounds of the hall. . . Free on midweek days in winter. Short stroll to the top. Indeed just follow the fingerposts to the templemoorsman14/10/2013
In MCR for MBV gig, sunny but very very cold. Walked from tram station to the temple. Kinder Scout resplendent in snow to the east. Nice spot for an urban top, with handy toposcope.thesweetcheat10/03/2013
Visited on run from Heaton Park tram stop back into city centre via some trigs.stever08/05/2012
Very pleasant walk up from the car park. Good views all around of all of those fells I have slogged up.simon and co20/03/2012
on walk around parkngrobbie01/03/2012
From North Car Park. adrianturner25/02/2012
Parked near golf club and strolled up to Temple. A sign confirms it is Manchester's highest point.chriswatson23/09/2011
Quick walk up from the east car park, then decided to have a walk around the area.The Team03/09/2011
Afternoon out before heading off to see Muse Gig. Pleasant spot in park enhanced by presence of Ice Cream Vans.andy04/09/2010
Temple on hill in Heaton Park - good viewswebmaster23/06/2010
Parked in south car park and then spent an enjoyable grey windy morning exploring this park including visit to Temple of the Winds, mast and nearby trig point.Dugswell203/10/2009
good walk through park even better viewsjohnfwoolley25/01/2009
Just by the house - good view.johnjennison27/04/2007
on walk around parkemily01/09/2006
on walk around parkwayne01/09/2006
High point next to the "Temple of the Winds" on a mound to the west of the house. There's even a sign saying it's the high point!wheresthepath17/04/2005
Dave McG08/08/2019
Johnny P06/05/2018
Paul and Terri05/10/2017
Alan Whatley24/12/2016
andrew brown11/08/2015
carole engel01/03/2015
Nomad Perkins13/11/2014
Edwin Gradwell28/07/2014
Mark Sims12/03/2013
Nick Caunt01/03/2013
Alan Caine19/11/2011
Martin R31/12/2005