Cheshire is a prosperous county in northwest England. The area’s primarily rural, encompassing the world-renowned Peak District National Park. It also includes the Gritstone Trail – a 35-mile walk taking in wild moorland, rocky outcrops, soaring peaks and stunning scenery. It’s not all countryside, though: Cheshire’s population is around a million.
Its county town is Chester; its largest is Warrington. The county borders Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Wales. Cheshire hosts some of the north’s most affluent areas – including Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, Prestbury, Tarporley and Knutsford – an esteemed area sometimes called ‘The Golden Triangle’.
Many areas support agriculture and industries that produce Cheshire cheese, salt, chemicals and silk. The local economy also features automotive, biotechnology, chemical and financial services, food and drink, ICT, and tourism companies.
The area has a knack for producing creative and athletic personalities. Its popular musicians include Gary Barlow, Harry Styles, Tim Burgess and Ian Curtis. Cheshire has also been home to sportsmen like Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Ian Botham, Paula Radcliffe, and mountaineer George Mallory. The county’s also hosted several writers – including Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Actors from Cheshire include Daniel Craig, the sixth James Bond.
In 2002 the plant conservation charity Plantlife chose the cuckooflower as the county flower. (Previously, a sheaf of golden wheat was the county emblem).
Air: The nearest airports are Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon (both about 40 minutes away by road).
Road: Cheshire has close proximity to the M6, M62, M53 and M56 motorways –providing outbound links to neighbouring regions and major cities.
Rail: The county’s main railway line is the West Coast Main Line. Many trains call at Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay on their way to London and Scotland, plus Runcorn on the WCML. The major interchanges are Crewe, two stations in Warrington, and Chester. Macclesfield station is served by Virgin Trains and CrossCountry.
Bus: Cheshire is well served by local bus services throughout the county. BusyBus operate sightseeing tours throughout the area. Details of Cheshire’s local bus services can be found at Traveline North West.
Water: Nowadays, Cheshire’s canal system is mainly used for tourism. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. The Manchester Ship Canal passes through the north of the county.
Cheshire's housing price outlook is positive. With local wealth and urban locations driving the market, the area's popularity with footballers and celebrities has been reinforced. The family market has also been especially active: upsizing buyers represent almost three-quarters of all local purchasers. Cheshire also attracts buyers from London and overseas.
Across Cheshire, properties in urban locations have enjoyed the most growth in prices. Locations such as Chester, Wilmslow and their surrounding villages are leading this renaissance. Meanwhile, properties in rural locations have seen falls. However, the government’s proposed 'Northern Powerhouse' scheme is building confidence in the region – and should attract increased investment.
Good schools and regional employment are additional factors driving the local property market. Manchester, particularly, should see strong growth – most markedly in the technology sector. This should ensure neighbouring Cheshire remains popular with buyers. Expect the number of commuters moving from London to increase as they take advantage of the county’s comparatively affordable prices.
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The Cheshire set knows its style and fashion. The sublime market towns of Alderley Edge, Wilmslow, and Knutsford are not only Cheshire’s trendiest hotspots – but also crammed with boutiques, antique shops, furniture stores, garden centres, jewellery designers, department stores and bars, restaurants and coffee shops. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks is the UK's largest outlet shopping destination. It showcases 145 luxury and high-street brands, including Burberry, Superdry and All Saints.
Friendly Nantwich is known for its historical charm and is brimming with medieval market streets offering diverse shops, a farmers’ market – Cheshire is renowned for various homegrown treats – and beautifully preserved Tudor buildings. The pretty market towns of Sandbach and Congleton offer fantastic shopping among ancient surroundings. Warrington’s Golden Square also hosts stores, and the conservation area of Stockton Heath is packed with character and olde-worlde appeal. Meanwhile, Macclesfield is known as one of England’s principal silk towns.
Sport: Cheshire’s primary football team is Crewe Alexandra. Warrington Wolves and the Widnes Vikings are the area’s premier rugby Super League teams. Cheshire County Cricket Club is one of minor counties of English and Welsh cricket. Cheshire Phoenix also represent the area in the UK’s highest-level basketball league.
Family: Meet animals at Chester Zoo. Take the kids for a magical day out at Gullivers Word Resort with its many rides, attractions and shows – or let them dive into Splashzone, an indoor water play factory. Feed young minds at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre. Or visit The Ice Cream Farm, which boasts over 50 irresistible flavours. Go-Ape provides treetop adventures while Gullivers World offers over 90 rides.
Cultural: Immerse yourself in 4,000 years of history at Beeston Castle.Explore Cheshire's textile industry at Macclesfield Silk Museum or examine the collection of vintage machinery at Anson Engine Museum. The Anderton Boat Lift perches on the banks of the River Weaver. Visit the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port or check out The Lion Salt Works, a heritage attraction.
Nature: The award-winning Ness Botanic Gardens overlooks the Dee Estuary while Trentham Gardens showcases stunning seasonal vistas. Arley Hall & Gardens is quintessentially English; more exotic planting can be found at Tatton Park. Explore the countryside via hundreds of established walks. Prefer to pedal? Everything from gentle canal towpaths and awesome off-roading is available. Abundant horse-riding bridleways include The Delamere Loop, the Bishop Bennet Way and the Middlewood Way. There are also a few specialist falconry venues.
Events: Each May, Europe's largest motorcycle event, the Thundersprint, is held in Northwich. Cheshire’s musical heritage includes pop concerts at Delamere Forest plus the Creamfields dance extravaganza near Warrington – Britain's biggest techno festival. There’s also the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, Cheshire County Show, and glorious food festivals galore.