Relax in the peace and quiet of Cheshire’s Peak District

Welcome to the Eastern Edge of Cheshire, where the scenery ranges from the leafy villages of the Cheshire Plain to the stunning landscapes and panoramic views of the Peak District.

 

Discover a delightful variety of fascinating places to visit, including privately owned historic houses, little offbeat museums and truly unique attractions.

East Cheshire has more than its fair share of gardens and garden centres and there has never been a better time to visit.

East Cheshire offers a wide choice of restaurants, public houses and cafes, from gourmet’s delights to afternoon teas, not to mention real ale and champagne

The Cheshire Peak District has fabulous walking and cycling routes and beautiful panoramic views.

Historic Macclesfield is the major town of Cheshire’s Peak District. Steep cobbled streets, a handsome Market Place, medieval thoroughfares, mills, museums and a fascinating collection of churches all play their part in the story of Historic Macclesfield.The town’s rugged charm springs from its historic character as a centre of silk weavingand design, of non-conformism, of independence – against an ever-present backdrop of the beautiful Peak District hills. And whether it’s in the Market Place or tucked away amid the streets of weavers’ cottages, you will always find something going on in Macclesfield – a monthly Sunday market… an annualarts festival… regular concerts in the handsome Heritage Centre… a thriving little independent cinema… themed guided walks… its own opera company… an award-winning brass band… little art galleries… traditional pubs… its own breweries… and even its own ice-cream makers…. all Made in Macclesfield.

Pilgrim’s Progress Garden in Rainow.

James MelIor, born 1796, lived most of his life at Hough Hole House. A Methodist, farmer and stonemason, he became a reader of Emrnanuel Swendenborg, a Swedish scientist and engineer, who claimed to have received revelations from God. He created the garden at Hough Hole House, building a chapel in the grounds and adding a burial ground; he cut and inscribed his own tombstone. The present owners have restored the house, and the MelIor Gardens, which tell the story of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, are open to the public on occasional Sundays during the summer .

Alan Garner

Rainow is set in the heart of the countryside featured in “Thursbitch”, one of award winning Cheshire based writer Alan Garner’s creations penned by him over the last 50 years.

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