Topograph Eccles Pike
Eccles Pike is an isolated hill three miles to the west of Chapel en le Frith. It consists of gritstone, pink in colour at the summit. While not as prominent as the surrounding hills of Cracken Edge and Combs Moss it is popular with walkers. At 370 metres above sea level, it offers good views of Manchester to the west and the Kinder Scout plateau to the east. Combs reservoir lies just to the south of the hill.
The Topograph was placed on the summit of Eccles Pike, as a community effort to mark the millennium. The original was a bronze ring, 20ft in circumference, with a ‘relief’ of the surrounding hills. It illustrated the 360 degree panoramic view and detailed the landmarks seen from this viewpoint.
In early November 2011 the Topograph was stolen, presumably for scrap metal value. On Tuesday 7 May 2013 a new Topograph was placed on Eccles Pike. It is identical to the first but this time made out of a material that holds no monetary value to hopefully reduce the chance of further theft. It has also been treated with Smart Water and other hidden security markings so if it does go missing again it will be easy to trace.