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.
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.
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!
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.
The City of Manchester Rising up to the Dusk