Etherow Country Park is situated in the East of Cheshire in the borough of Compstall not far from Marple in Stockport.Established in 1968 the park has grown over the past decades and attracts over quarter of a million visitors a year.Covering an area of over 240 acres the park offers a variety of leisure pursuits such as Bird watching,Rambling,Sailing and Angling.There is a small visitors centre,toilets and a café as well as parking for over a hundred cars.Many different breeds of bird can be spotted here such as Tawny Owls that can often be seen in the woods.A good variety of plants and wildlife such as Rabbits and Badgers also live here.There is a large Lake in the middle of the park thats a popular Sailing and Fishing spot with a pathway that runs around it and also a stunning little waterfall.Its a relaxing day out especially in good weather.The park is halfway between Romilley and Marple Bridge and is signposted clearly.
Chester is an English historic city that lies on the River Dee close to the border with Wales. Chester was founded as a castrum or Roman fort with the name Deva Victix in the year 79 by the Romans. After the Romans, Chester developed into a busy port trading with Dublin, unfortunately the river Dee silted up and trade declined leaving the city's development frozen. Today Chester as a city is a major tourist attraction with great shopping.
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This popular, elevated 34 mile/55km long distance Trail hugs Cheshire's wooded sandstone ridge and runs roughly north to south across Cheshire and northern Shropshire. Along the way there are ever-changing panoramic views over the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh mountains and the Pennines. The route passes vast and ancient Delamere Forest, medieval Beeston Castle high on its crag, Victorian Peckforton Castle, open heathland on Bickerton hill, and six atmospheric Iron Age hillforts. There are some great country pubs along teh way, including the lovely Pheasant Inn at Higher Burwardsley. This really is a lovely walk ideal for all the family and can be tackled in sections or walked over two or three days. Brilliant!
Horses, crafts, rare breed farm animals and food fresh from the farm! Arley County Fair is a great way to spend May bank holiday weekend! Dog shows, Knights in shining rmour joursting, falconry.. come early and you'll have a full day of fun for the whole family!
Capesthorne Hall at Siddington in East Cheshire, some five miles west of Macclesfield is another lovely Jacobean House and formal gardens that can be visited. Along with the formal gardens are a woodland walk - stunning with bluebells when we visited in early May and a lake with a bridge at one end for some picturesque walks.
Tickets are available for the gardens and chapel or combined ticket for House, Gardens and Chapel.
Check the website for up to date prices and admission times. If a group are going in a car then Mondays are a good deal compared to weekend or Bank Holiday prices.
For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy.
Since the summer of 1957 it has been quietly probing the depths of space, a symbol of our wish to understand the universe in which we live. Even now, it remains one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world, spending most of its time investigating cosmic phenomena which were undreamed of when it was conceived.
At the Visitor Centre, you can walk half way around the telescope, and view the telescope from many angles, on our Observational Pathway. You can also find out more about the telescope, and the history of Jodrell Bank, on a series of information boards around the Pathway.
Cheshire has been a centre of the salt industry for some 2,000 years and today it is the only place in Britain where salt is produced on a large scale. The Salt Museum, housed in the old Northwich Workhouse, tells the story of this unique industrial heritage. Videos, models, old photographs, paintings and traditional working tools will help you discover a completely new side to something we all take for granted. Mining, working conditions, subsidence, transport history.
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm (open Mondays during August)
Saturday & Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm (12noon - 5.00pm during August).
Also Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00am -5.00pm.
Closed 24th -26th December & 1st January
The Lift is a working engineering marvel of the waterways created in 1875. Take a 30 minute trip on the Edwin Clarke glass top boat as the magnificent and impressive lift towers above you. The boat trip can be preceeded or followed by a canal trip depending upon the shedule.
Built in 1875, the boat lift was in use for over 100 years until it was closed due to corrosion in 1983. Restoration started in 2001 and the boat lift was re-opened in 2002.
The Operations Centre boast's a 2 storey facility with cafe area for that much needed 'rest bite', and a kiddies play area. The Welcome desk serves the retail area and provides Tickets for the Trip Boat through the lift and/or exhibition/area, and toilet facilities.
The lower level houses an exhibition for the lift. The lift control console is situated within the exhibition to allow visitors to see how the operators control the lift as it carries out it's daily schedule.
Adults Lift trip £6.50 River trip £3.75 Combined £10.25
Child Lift trip £4.50 River trip £2.75 Combined £7.25
(Children under 5 are always admitted free)
Stocklley Farm is just a short distance from Arley Hall - joint entrance tickets can be obtained. A tractor ride from Arley takes you there to this working farm but with family activiteies in mind - lamb feeding, bird of prey displays, viewing the farm animnals and their babies. I really liked the owls.
Daresbury is a village in Cheshire, not far from Warrington, and is famous for the birthplace of Englands best known childrens author, Lewis Carroll. His father was the curate of the church here. Inside the church is a beautiful memorial stained glass window complete with scenes from Alice in Wonderland - perhaps the most famous children's book. The village itself is only small so whilst in this are the remains of Norton Priory and its woodland gardens are nearby and make for a pleasant place to visit . %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/e376/4cbb7/}Daresbury has its own page here so much more info and pics there.
Great Budworth a quaint, typical "cheshire life" magazine village, situated some 3 kilometres north of Northwich. Lovely old cottages, a village church and stocks. A popular setting for TV locations - it was used for Hinge and Bracket "Dear Ladies" programe back in the 80's. Rural locations such as these have become popular homes for footballers and several-pop stars too - eg. Take That members. More info on its own page
As well as the amazing telescope and cosmology exhibits you can enjoy the outdoor nature here. There is an arboretum around the science park, some 35 acres with 2000 species of trees and shrubs and National Collections.There are a variety of self guided trails within the arboretum and maps and trail guides can be purchased in the shop.The arboretum also features a small scale model of the solar system, the scale being approximately 1:5,000,000,000. In 2005, as part of the SpacedOut project, Jodrell Bank became the location of the Sun in a 1:15,000,000 scale model of the solar system covering the UK.(see website link for more details)
On a crisp bright day its a great place just for a walk too.
From the cage, you get marvellous views over the Lyme Estate, the nearby Peak District, and the urban sprawl of Stockport / Manchester. You can also see the planes coming in to land at Manchester Airport in the distance.
On the ridge above the hall, is an Elizabethan hunting tower known as 'Lyme Cage' remodelled by Leoni. The park was always a huge estate full of deer and used widely for hunting purpouses.Lyme used to be famous for the execeptionally large mastiffs bred on the estate and on Lord Newton's shield of arms two mastiffs act as supporters. The breed died out in the 19th century.
The orangery, designed by Lewis Wyatt, has a formal Victorian facade. originally used to grow exotic fruits for the table, it is now used as a conservatory and contians all sorts of exotic plants and a fountian.
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