Hartshead Pike – The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk

Hartshead Pike – The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk

On the side of the pennines, just a few miles from my home above Ashton-Under-Lyne and Mossley, sits Hartshead Pike. (Map) Not a huge hill at all, nothing spectacular from some angles….. BUT, when you stand atop at the right time its splendour becomes apparent.

Manpano Hartshead Pike   The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk

For looking out to the West you realise this is the last hill before the City of Manchester and the flat miles of Cheshire. You can look out this way and to your rights lays Oldham on its hill, the Lancashire hills of Bolton, Bury behind. The skyscrapers of Manchester rising out of the midst. AND, if pointing up to space you can see Jodrell Bank working away over yonder.

P1030531 Hartshead Pike   The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk

Behind you a small expanse of the great pennine hills lay out and over towards Derbyshire. If you have ever driven through the area you will have seen the tower upon the top. Briefly, history tells us that a stone stone pillar was there from a time as far back as King Canute when he passed through. In 1751 a tower was built and after that was struck by lightning the tower as seen today was built in 1863, to commemorate the wedding of the Prince of Wales Albert Edward to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. At one time in the early 20th century it was even used as a refreshment shop!

P1030537 Hartshead Pike   The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk

P1030544 Hartshead Pike   The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk

However many, as I, have come to this place to wind down, watch the sun fall over Manchester and Cheshire to the West and take in nature at some of its best.

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P1030552 Hartshead Pike   The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk

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P1030553 Hartshead Pike   The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk

The City of Manchester Rising up to the Dusk

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14 Responses to "Hartshead Pike – The Edge of the Pennines at Dusk"

  1. David Rhodes  October 17, 2013 at 17:13

    The connection with yourself and Hartshead Pike is far greater than you realise as it is documented that a Roman watchtower sat on the site of the Pike overlooking Manchester. Full circle!

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    • Paul Steele  October 17, 2013 at 19:15

      I heard that.. interesting indeed David :) thx

      Reply
  2. Giovy  December 4, 2012 at 16:20

    I did not have enough time to explore lands near Manchester last summer but for sure next time I will.
    Year after year, my love for Great Britain and British Isle grows.
    Many people in England told me “you’re so luck, you are living in Italy”
    In my personal opinion you all are lucky to live in a such beautiful country.

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