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Name:Idle Hill [Werneth Low]
Hill number:5338
Height:279m / 915ft
Parent (Ma):2810  Black Hill
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Tameside (UA)
Catchment:Mersey
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
(Hu,Tu,2,Cm)
Grid ref:SJ 96883 93002
Summit feature:grassy mound
Drop:112m
Col:167m  SJ979940  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 109
(1:25k) OL1W 277
Observations:mound is near compound containing communications masts
Survey:obvious summit
Comments:known locally as Werneth Low
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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A great steep climb up from the R Etherow to the east on a fp (TPT) through beautiful bluebell and garlic wooded dell of Back Wood. Homeward bound now for last hour of a 7 hour circular cross country tramp to Cown Edge with L and the spaniels.Chris Pearson15/05/2020
Our favourite 8 mile run with L out along the canal then the 2 mile uphill. Shorts and shirt despite chilly 9 degrees and wind compared to sizzling 24 degrees yesterday. Still digesting yesterday's 25 person zoom covid lockdown catch up meeting for old Uni friends.Chris Pearson10/05/2020
Our 8 mile run on VE 75th Anniversary. Paused at the cenotaph to the fallen of Hyde and earlier the Romily/ Bredbury memorial where taking a name at random to research- Eric Timperley : RAF (Flying Office) -a pilot who at the age of 34 in the last year of WWII was killed in a dreadfully sad mid- air crash in Bedfordshire when their their Sterling Bomber returning from a training mission over the Wash was flown into by a USAF Mustang - whether due to poor visibility, as a misjudged mock attack, or buzzing no-one can say -killing all from both planes. He is one of over 200 with no marked grave listed on the screen wall in Stockport Cemetery among 166 Commonwealth War Graves.Chris Pearson08/05/2020
Slow 8 mile run from the door reversing our usual route with L and just the one dog (Ralph). Best bit is the 2 mile climb up from Compston which gets you working nicely.Chris Pearson01/05/2020
A gloomy cold day before rain for our 8 mile circuit with the dogs. Gloomy also on Covid front with UK deaths now @27,000, risk and deaths for front line workers - lockdown now week 5 and uncertainty for jobs, economy, mental health, loneliness for self isolating older people. Hope though as we are over the bulge we are told. Bright moment as 100yr old Capt Tom made Hon.Colonel and had a spitfire & hurricane fly past, raised 30 million for NHS by walking 100 lengths of his garden and stole the nations hearts.Chris Pearson29/04/2020
Just to the cenotaph and back today -3 hours with L the dogs. Cold and murky today after 2 weeks of sunshine -warmest April on record blighted by Covid-19. Saw the same Kuwait airliner climbing overhead that we saw descending yesterday -one of the very few planes in the sky.Chris Pearson28/04/2020
Out with the dogs again today for a reversal at a walk of yesterday's 8 mile run. Nicely varied - canal,geese,ducks (and chicks), aquaduct, locks, park, old mill, 2 mile steep uphill, long ridge grassy ridge walk, views, horses, nice houses and gardens. AND a rare sight -an aeroplane !! Kuwait on its fuselage - descending low presumably returning the stranded to Manchester airport - we saw one from Pakistan yesterday. Free books (and sanitiser wipes) by garden gate near hill top - L got Kes, I chose a railway theme with 'Main Line over Shap' written in 1967 as the M6 was being planned and 'BR Main Line Gradient Profiles'- apparently a classic of railway publishing.Chris Pearson27/04/2020
5 km 45 min uphill run ( first run for a while) from the door with L . Morning off for the dogs as a Ralph the spaniel has a limp. Lots of folk out on this sunny ( again ) lockdown day in week 4 with police present quizzing those who had driven up to admire view/ picnic. Guidance issued to,police is that siting on bench for a short break during longer exercise is ok, but not sitting there for longer than exercise period. Also legally you can drive to countryside if your walk is longer than your drive, although Govt urging people to stay local to exercise and use nearest open spaces. We are Lucky to have this on our doorstep to begin all our outings on foot from the door. Visited summit bump. 1 hr 5 min route back down 2 mile track to River Goyt , to canal and back.Chris Pearson26/04/2020
Another long 4 hr+ walk variation from the door with L and the dogs on an even hotter day - sun hat and sunglasses. Canal (bread for the Canada Geese) to Brabyns Park - seeing John out for his run / checking the O posts and passing where the Rivers Etherow and Goyt join to form the Mersey. Then up from Etherow Country Park. Becoming used to great clear views in this week long sunshine (mostly) of built on plains of Greater Manchester below the Pennine foothills. Must have been far far less urban spread 200 years ago when the canals were built.Chris Pearson22/04/2020
Another exploratory 4hr circular walk from the house with L and the dogs. Becoming fond of the canal as a way out of town -a corridor of nature cutting through urban clutter. Lots of lambs and ewes -all numbered. Dogs well behaved on their leads. Not quite to the top today. 20% chance of rain was 80% short of the truth for last hour - well this is Manchester.Much towelling of soggy dogs required once home.Chris Pearson18/04/2020
Cherry blossom, magnolias, tulips and amazingly hot spring sunshine under a blue sky. Perfect for a 3.5 hr walk with L and the spaniels from the house. Covid-19 the only cloud on the horizon -now in week 4 of the lockdown. Heartwarming rainbows in many windows drawn by children - symbol of hope. Many folk out walking - keeping the 2 metre rule and friendly in the 'we're all in this together' supportive mood. Fantastic views over a pollution reduced Manchester. Sombre moment at the cenotaph monument to the 710 men of Hyde who died in WW1 - will there be a similar monuments erected to those NHS / care workers who are tragically losing their lives working on the Covid-19 front line? In 1921 when the monument was unveiled to a 15000 crowd the closing hymn was Lord for All Mankind We Pray - fitting still today. Later at 8pm tonight folk out on their doorsteps clapping the NHS workers. Our summit calm interrupted by a call informing us the house alarm was sounding - set off by the cat!Chris Pearson16/04/2020
A layby against the golf club then a very short 5 minute solo return to the summit.bolton11/03/2020
From Werneth Low Country Park car park.Clach Liath12/10/2019
from Werneth Low memorial along trans pennine trail KeithByTheC07/06/2019
With Jo, from Visitor Centre on a cloudy day. Colder than expected. Good visibility. Continued to Etherow Country Park for a longer walk.amblerbob26/03/2019
From Compstall - Etherow country park - Etherow Goyt Valley Way. With Ellie dog.BLACKHILL14/02/2019
Walked through splendid woods from Etherow Visitor Centre,then various paths to top.With Oscar,Lily and Bridget.catman21/10/2018
With Grandma,Oscar and Catman.lilyrosieives21/10/2018
With Lily,Oscar and Catman.rosiebridge21/10/2018
With Lily,Bridget and Catman.oscarrosie21/10/2018
Parking area to E. of Golf Club entrance at SJ 96723 93003 - Short walk along road & bridleway to locked metal gate - Over gate & then less than 20yd to summit mound. (S)gerrybowes21/08/2018
Parked on road. You don't even have to jump the gate but can squeeze bewtween the gate post and the fence. The mound looks likely to be man made.clivevilla15/05/2018
Nice start to a 5 day break in Peak Dist, from free car pk in dis Uplands Quarry to cenotaph viewpoint (Manchester, Hyde and mts- even Clwydian, classic of Mottram church between Pennines either side of Longdendale), top of Apple Street, then along road to bag HP- a bit scrappy and views not as good as from cenotaph. Lots of people (and dogs) enjoying walk on a nice afternoon. With Petepwheeler11/03/2018
Bit of rough ground outwith the compound. Almost a drive by.jonglew23/01/2018
Nice hill shame about the golf course!thenomad30/10/2017
Parking: Pull-in at SJ 96591 92979. One gate to clamber over.David Evans23/04/2017
Parked in lay-by at SJ 96593 92985 and dawdled along past golfers and dag-walkers to the uninspiring summit. With AT and JT.Man of Kernow126/03/2017
Parked on road then went past dog walkers and golfers, jumped gate and onto grassy mound. Mart looked embarrassed!!As usual fog and cloud so no views.John Eley19/02/2017
1st hill of 5 today on a route from Hattersley station to Stalybridge. Through edge of houses to TPT then Track up past farm becoming Tameside trail to masts. Climbed over gates to grassy knoll and Also explored opposite side and Climbed over barbed wire fence into dense thicket of brambles and Rosebay willowherb But found this to be no higher So Grassy knoll wins! Pleasant views and surrounding area worthy of exploration. Descent via Tameside trail via Back wood with fantastic atmospheric green lane to Botham's hall.Dazingdale10/09/2016
En passant.summitsup29/06/2016
With K. Lots of middle class leisure seekers about.Ashley17/04/2016
Another stormy day with snow on the high peak (Kinder Scout & Shining Tor). We head for something lower. From the country park car park we follow the lane up to the masts & summit once conquered we retrace our steps but overshoot to pick up the trig further along the hill. objectives achieved its back to the car as the next shower sweeps in.briandavies28/03/2016
8/12 Long but pleasant day eight of twelve (Wold Newton/Normandby Top/Saxby Wold/South Field/Great Wold/Wooley Edge/West Nab/Idle Hill/Cown Edge/Robin Hoods Picking Rods/Mellor Moor/Eccles Pike)Fergalh23/01/2016
Revisit near the end of a 24hr TuMP walk from Sheffield to Stockport via Meltham Moor.Alex C18/07/2015
After a do in Buxton, picked up three Humps on way home, like this one easy roadside ascents.nordicstar21/06/2015
Radio masts and golf course on eastern end top of this hill. On the western end of this bill I'd the Birthdate trig flush bracket number s2752 so starting point of the Alan Dawson trig walk of life. Looks like white dental filler on the trig top NW side plus a fabulous array of differently coloured pebbles on the concrete mix giving it a wonderfully knobbly pebbly top.vegibagger17/05/2015
Walked up from Ethrow Country Park and did a 6 mile circular. Amazing views of the whole of Manchester below and hills all around. As stated below, deserves more than a quick 'bag' from the car park. Don't miss the nearby Hare and Hounds for a post walk pint, its even dog friendly.Lazylizzie24/10/2014
Nice little walk - 1.8 miles up and down - free parking at the Visitor Centremikependergast09/04/2014
Estimated date. With JCS.JOHNS01/02/2014
been up here numerous times as im fairly local.AvidSockWearer15/03/2013
Jumped out of car near masts and had a wander while Liz waited in the layby. Lovely day, lovely view!DanHolme18/02/2013
Parking at track junction close to summit.moorsman30/01/2013
From parking on the nearby road. I came up here then wandered down to the memorial.Easiest summit I've ever bagged..hillhiker21/12/2012
Easy walk in the dark.Simba18/11/2012
On a long circuit from New Mills via Lantern Pike, Werneth Low and the Peak Forest Canal.alistairpooler03/07/2012
Easy drive by which seems to be higher than the trig S 2752 a bit farther down the road.signyred08/06/2012
Walked from car park, should have driven!tim74708/05/2012
Drive by bagsimon and co20/04/2012
Cycled upmaildaz0901/04/2012
From road. adrianturner18/02/2012