Bollington, known locally as ‘Happy Valley’, is one of Cheshire’s most popular locations with its cobbled streets, traditional pubs and quaint old buildings reminding us of the rich milling heritage of the village. Nestling in the foothills of the Pennines above the Cheshire Plain and at the gateway to the Peak District National Park with many beautiful walks on its doorstep including the Macclesfield Canal and Middlewood Way; the latter offering 11 miles of traffic free walking and cycling from Marple to Macclesfield. Lyme Park, Teggs Nose and Macclesfield Forest are also just a short distance away. Cycling, walking and boating are popular activities here with well-known golf courses neatby in Tytherington and Prestbury. Bollington has its own Leisure Centre, Arts Centre and Library along with a collection of village shops and vibrant eateries. Bollington enjoys excellent commuter links to the motorways, the rail network, accessed from nearby Macclesfield and Manchester Airport. Manchester City centre is 18 miles from Bollington which can be reached in just over 20 minutes via train with London around 1 hour 45 minutes away. White Nancy is a notably curious structure at the top of the northern extremity of the Saddle of Kerridge, predominantly in the Parish of Rainow, which overlooks the village. The odd profile forms the logo for the village and is inspiration to many artists around the area. Homes here range from beautiful stone cottages, tasteful apartment conversions, modern housing estates and a range of small to large properties to cater for all tastes including a small development of bungalows and another of assisted living homes.
The delightful hamlet of Kerridge sits above Bollington on the western side of Kerridge Hill, on which stands the local landmark, White Nancy, to the north end of the hill immediately above Kerridge. Kerridge is a hamlet that owes its existence to the quarrying industry which continues to this day in the hill behind, though nowadays on a much-reduced scale. There was once a coal mine in the hill too. Most of the homes in Kerridge are built in the local stone and there is a well-regarded pub in the centre of the hamlet.
Adlington is a small village north of Macclesfield and adjacent to Bollington incorporating the hamlets of Whitely Green and Butley Town. There is a mixed, non-denominational primary school in the village and a railway station, located on the Manchester–Macclesfield line, is used mainly by commuters to Manchester and Stockport. The two disused dairy farms have now been split up into small areas to keep horses and there are two large stables. The Macclesfield Canal and Middlewood Way offer several leisure activities such as walking, cycling. horse riding, boating and fishing and the area enjoys three cosy pubs. Adlington Hall, dating from at least the end of the 13th century, is located at the western end of the village.
Most of the village of Rainow sits astride the B5470, some three miles north-east of Macclesfield and just south of Bollington. The village enjoys a popular pub and has a well-regarded primary school. To the east are the sprawling moorlands and hills of the Peak District National Park and, to the west, the Cheshire plain rolls out to the Dee and Mersey estuaries. Manchester, which is 17 miles to the North, and London, which is 180 miles to the South, are both directly accessible by train from Macclesfield railway station. To the east of the village is Lamaload Reservoir, the first concrete reservoir constructed in England and is also the highest constructed dam in England. White Nancy, a circular, white-painted stone structure constructed to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, stands at the northern end of Kerridge Hill on the boundary between the parishes of Rainow and Bollington. Homes in Rainow range from small terraced cottages to small 20th C developments with farm houses on the outskirts.
The popular market town of Macclesfield offers a range of local amenities; cobbled streets and quaint old buildings stand side by side with modern shops, bars, restaurants and markets. The area also has a good range of social and recreational facilities and local schools cater for children of all ages. Macclesfield enjoys excellent commuter links to the motorways, the rail network and Manchester Airport. Manchester City centre is 20 miles from Macclesfield which can be reached in just over 20 minutes and London in only 1 hour 45 minutes away via train. There are a diverse range of homes in Macclesfield including mill workers cottages including the popular weaver’s cottage with their distinctive open-plan third floor, tasteful mill apartment conversions, modern housing estates and larger homes from the Georgian and Victorian eras. Popular locations to look out for are Tytherington, Broken Cross, Fallibroome Road and Ivy Road.
Three Villages of Langley, Sutton and Lyme Green
The parish of Sutton lies about three miles south of Macclesfield and falls naturally into three areas - Langley, Sutton Lane Ends and Lyme Green. The Macclesfield Canal runs through Lane Ends and Lyme Green and connects the Trent and Mersey Canal, near Kidsgrove, with the Peak Forest Canal near Marple. The canal provides pleasure for walkers and boaters alike and an important habitat for varied wild life.
Langley sits at the foot of the popular Tegg’s Nose Country Park on the western edge of the Peak District National Park and is the gateway to Macclesfield Forest. The pretty semi-rural village is served by a thriving village pub, the Methodist church and busy village hall.
Sutton Lane Ends is a semi-rural village which includes the hamlets of Gurnett and Jarman. The rivers Bollin and Rosendale run through Sutton Lane Ends, as does the Macclesfield Canal. The community was once centred on farming, forestry and textiles; however, since these industries declined, most of the population now travel to nearby Macclesfield or Manchester for employment. Sutton Lane Ends has had an Anglican church, Sutton St. James, since 1840. The community of Sutton is served by a village shop, primary school (Hollinhey Primary School) and five popular public houses including Sutton Hall, a former country house from the 17th century. The village of Sutton extends to another hamlet known as Higher Sutton and this area includes some of the largest homes outside of Prestbury. Sutton is also home to part of the popular local charity, Rossendale Trust which provides supported living care to adults with learning and physical disabilities, in purpose built apartments here in the former Rossendale Hall and Macclesfield and houses in Buxton.
The popular Macclesfield suburb of Lyme Green boasts a retail park with major national chain stores and a popular bowling alley. The village is also home to the Lyme Green Settlement, an independent charity providing accommodation for men and women with spinal injuries and other disabilities. Lyme Green is currently under consideration for further development by Cheshire East Council.
Bosley is a small rural village nestled in the South-east corner of Cheshire between the Peak District hills and Bosley Cloud. Despite its small size, it maintains a vibrant community. The village is on the A523 road near to where it intersects the A54, about six miles south of Macclesfield with Buxton to the East and Congleton to the West. It is the site of Bosley Reservoir and the Macclesfield Canal runs through the parish. All its locks are in this section, including the noted Bosley Lock Flight. The village is immediately to the north of the Staffordshire border, and on the edge of the Peak District National Park.
Known locally as Beartown, the pretty market town is located about half way between Manchester and Stoke and is part of the beautiful Cheshire Peak District. Congleton is well known for its festivals, flowers, ribbons, beers and bears! In addition to many pubs and restaurants, Congleton has a bustling shopping centre and twice weekly market, its own theatre, nightclub and a fantastic park and paddling pool. The town is approximately 5 miles from junction 17 of the M6 that leads north to both Warrington and Manchester or south to the Midlands. Congleton train station runs regular services to Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. To the south of the town is the Green Flag awarded Astbury Mere Country Park, with its trails, walks and Ranger-run activities. Congleton also incorporates many hamlets, those of Bankyfields, Bath Vale, Birch Moss, Buglawton, Cloud Side, Congleton Edge, Eaton Bank, Fol Hollow, Hardings Bank, Havannah, Hightown, Loachbrook, Lower Heath, The Marsh, Mossley, Primrose Vale, Pudd's Bank, Salford, Under Rainow and West Heath. Homes in Congleton and the outlying hamlets a varied from small terraced to large country piles with several areas recently developed with modern homes. There should be something to suit everyone’s needs.
Mottram St. Andrew
Sitting astride the River Bollin in the North Cheshire Green Belt, Prestbury is bounded on the east by the River Dean, with Bollington and the Pennine foothills beyond, and, on the west, by the sandstone ridge know as ‘The Edge’ at Alderley. It lies to the south and south west of the Adlington Hall estate and to the north of the market town of Macclesfield. Considered a desirable place to live, with many TV and football stars making it home, Prestbury comprises a central historic area with many listed buildings, the most notable of which is the Grade 1 listed Parish Church of St. Peter. Surrounding the core are prime residential areas set amidst tree-lined roads and rolling countryside many of the homes can easily be described as mansions. This semi-rural retreat is still within easy commuting distance from central Manchester with Macclesfield and Adlington rail stations nearby.
Poynton is a prosperous town surrounded by ‘green belt’ lying in the far north east of the county of Cheshire just to the south of the most southern part of Greater Manchester and just to the west of the Pennine hills which form the backbone of northern England. Close by is Lyme Park with its hall, woodland walks, deer and the hall which was originally a Tudor house and Macclesfield Canal with its marina at Higher Poynton. There is one high school, which is one of the largest in Cheshire, and 5 primary schools, which regularly achieve amongst the highest results in the country. The village is served by a number of pubs and good restaurants in the village centre and surrounding areas. The Civic Centre has a hall, a library and a medical complex and is adjacent to the Waitrose supermarket. The main shopping area is in and around Park Lane which boasts some excellent shops and local businesses. Notably there is large annual agricultural show in August called the Poynton Show. The sports club includes cricket, football, tennis, table tennis, hockey, bowls, lacrosse and squash sections and Poynton Leisure Centre, which is attached to the high school, has a swimming pool, gymnasium and large sports hall together with outdoor sports facilities. Poynton even has its own community theatre home to the popular Poynton Players theatre company. Poynton Park is on the north side of the town and was the site of Poynton Manor probably since the 13th century. The village has its own rail station and boasts good rail and road links for commuters. Homes in Poynton vary from small cottages, modern apartments and a large number of 20th century built homes.
Hazel Grove is a suburb within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester. Historically a part of Cheshire, until 1836 the area was known as Bullock Smithy; however, this name was unpopular with its residents and so the settlement was renamed Hazel Grove, possibly due to the large number of hazel trees found in the locale, though more probably from a small hamlet towards High Lane called Hessel Grave. The SK7 postcode, which also includes Bramhall and Woodford, is one of the most sought after residential postcodes in Greater Manchester. Cut in half by the shop-lined London Road (A6), Hazel Grove is three miles from Stockport centre. It has its own high school, primary schools and a sports centre. NEEDS MORE
Alderley Edge/Nether Alderley
Since the start of the 20th century Stockport has moved away from being a town dependent on cotton and now makes the most of its varied heritage attractions, including a national museum of hatting, a unique system of underground Second World War air raid tunnel shelters in the town centre, and a late medieval merchants' house on the 700-year-old Market Place. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has embarked on an ambitious regeneration scheme, known as Future Stockport. The plan is to bring more than 3000 residents into the centre of the town, and revitalise its residential property and retail markets in a similar fashion to the nearby city of Manchester. Many ex-industrial areas around the town's core will be brought back into productive use as mixed-use residential and commercial developments. NEEDS MORE