As you may know by know I live in the powerhouse of the North, the city that’s home to infamous bands, historical figures and premiere league football clubs. However, I wasn’t born into a cosmopolitan lifestyle, in fact I’m a country bumpkin that hails from a picturesque part of the Lake District! One reason I chose to make Manchester my home is the versatility this area offers – you may have cracking nightlife and fabulous restaurants, however stray a little further and I’m back to green lands, still waters and beautiful views.
Cities are known as concrete jungles with slices of nature coming few and far between – however just under an hour’s drive away there is the Cheshire – where does graze and independent shops thrive! I know this because my papa used to live and work in Alderley – which is our first stop on our #ExploringCheshire tour!
If you’re into reality TV you may remember the series Living On The Edge – based on those living in the idyllic town of Alderley Edge – home to the stars! Just a short walk from the town you can take the mythical wizards trail to the red sandstone cliffs edge with panoramic views.
Home to a small herd of red deer, the existing woodland is the last substantial remnant of the Royal Forest of Macclesfield, a once-extensive ancient hunting reserve. Here you can go include walking, orienteering, horse riding, cycling, mountain biking, fishing and bird watching.
If you’re a hiker then this is climb for you, set in on the western edge of the pretty peak district every corner turned boasts incredible views. Historically quarried for millstone grit, Tegg’s Nose now includes a range of environments including moorland, meadow, farmland, broadleaved woodland and is rich in wildlife.
The Macclesfield canal stretches around 27 miles and passes through some of beautiful Cheshire towns and countryside! The best way to enjoy these places is to rent out a canal boat and cruise along in the sun or get them calves to work on the Middlewood Way or Macclesfield Canal Loop.
Historically know as Cheshire however, now sliding into Trafford territory this is a quaint nature reserve with a large body of water just off the M6! You can picnic and dog walk and also partake in a variety of water sports such as canoeing and jet skiing.
If you’re looking for a cosmo lifestyle with countryside life then Laurus Homes are launching numerous affordable housing projects in these areas. Find out more at https://www.laurushomes.co.uk.