On Woodford’s doorstep

Avro Heritage Museum   Whether you are an aviation enthusiast or not, this museum is a “must do”.

Avro Golf Club Visitors welcome please telephone 07949 323397. Stunning course situated down Old Hall Lane.

Anson Engine Museum  Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum with engines of all sizes (from desktop to 100 tons), Craft Demonstrations, Working Machinery and Local History Exhibitions.

Lyme Hall and Park   Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme is a glorious house surrounded by moorland, gardens and a deer park. It is of course where a certain sopping wet Mr Darcy met a certain Miss Bennett………(your cue to swoon ladies!)

The Macclesfield Canal  This is on your doorstep, a mere 6 minute drive and you can be in Higher Poynton and on the canal. You can either walk along the canal towards Macclesfield or towards Marple in the other direction. You can also walk up into Lyme Park from here and enjoy a somewhat “hillier” tramp around some spectacular countryside.

Adlington Hall  lies in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, set in glorious gardens and surrounded by the impressive and picturesque 2000-acre Adlington estate.

Bramall Hall  recently restored, Bramall Hall Bramall Hall is a magnificent black and white timber-framed Tudor manor house, with Victorian additions, spanning six centuries and set in 70 acres of parkland.

Quarry Bank Mill Styal   Quarry Bank is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived.  Here you can discover the story of mill workers, entrepreneurs and how the Industrial Revolution changed the world. Watch hand spinners at work, experience the clatter of machinery and the hiss of steam engines and marvel at the powerful waterwheel. Lovely grounds for strolling in too.

Alderley Edge  walk the dramatic red sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, with views over the Cheshire Plain to the Peak District. Explore woodland paths or walk to neighbouring Hare Hill Garden and take in the stunning views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside.

Staircase House Stockport  is a beautifully restored 15th century townhouse situated in Stockport’s historic Market Place. The house is famous for its rare Jacobean cage-newel staircase.

Hat Works Museum Stockport  Hat Works is the UK’s only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear.

Stockport Air Raid Shelters  are a system of almost 1 mile of underground air-raid shelters dug under Stockport during World War II . Visitors have the opportunity of learning about the experiences of local people during the war from the displays in the tunnels and from the state-of -the-art audio-guides and to find mementos of the 1940’s in the gift shop.

Slightly further afield

Capesthorne Hall  dating from 1719, the majestic Capesthorne Hall with its stunning Jacobean style architecture is set in 100 acres of picturesque parkland, with exquisite gardens and chain of three serene lakes.

RHS Bridgewater truly magnificent gardens set in a historic landscape – stunning.

Glossop Navigation Skills fancy sharpening your navigation skills in the gorgeous Glossop ncountryside – great walking spot. If you do contact Bill from his website he will be delighted to hear from you.

Chill Factore – There really is so much to do here! Whether you’re looking to have fun on the snow, learn how to ski, snowboard, climb a wall or to shop for active wear – there is something for everyone at Chill Factore. Situated opposite The Trafford Centre and conveniently located just off the M60 motorway at junction 10  Chill Factore is easy to get to from Woodford.

Arley Hall & Gardens  the hall is an early Victorian Jacobean-style mansion (1833-41) with fine plasterwork, panelling, grand staircase and chapel by Salvin. The 12-acre gardens, some of the finest in Britain, include a double herbaceous border planted in 1846 (one of the earliest) and a superb avenue of holm oak.

Little Moreton Hall   an iconic Tudor Manor House . Upon seeing the tumbling architecture of Little Moreton Hall for the first time, engineers in 1990 could not believe their eyes. Fortunately this simply amazing timber-framed building, with its scenic moat, has defied logic for over 500 years.

Tatton Park Mansion & Gardens  set amidst more than 50 acres of Tatton Park gardens, at the heart of 1,000 acres of landscaped parkland, the elegant Mansion house at Tatton Park sits in an elevated position. Each year Tatton Park hosts over 100 events, from spectacular outdoor concerts to rewarding educational workshops, the programme has something for everyone including antique fairs, classic car shows, flower shows, spectacular outdoor concerts and Christmas events.

Gawsworth Hall  another iconic Tudon house Gawsworth Hall is a superb example of Cheshire black and white architecture. A year round variety of events which are open to the public are held at Gawsworth providing something for everyone.

Silk Mill Macclesfield  discover the history of Macclesfield’s Silk Industry from its humble button beginnings to the growth of the Silk mills.

Jodrell Bank  home to the world famous, gigantic Lovell telescope The Jodrell Bank Observatory  hosts a number of radio telescopes, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. The Discovery Centre is simply amazing, a great day out for all the family. You can explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the workings of the  Lovell Telescope.

Further afield still – but so worth a visit

Chatsworth House   simply stunning house and parkland.

Bakewell, historic market town  great day out, brilliant market, loads of shops, lovely pubs and cafes plus some stunning scenery.

Buxton – Peak District Spa Town  and home to the wonderful Buxon Opera House….

Blue John Cavern   home to Britain’s rarest mineral the Blue John Cavern at Castleton is a series of caverns considered to be the finest range in Great Britain.

Hardwick Hall & Hardwick Old Hall   an Elizabethan masterpiece whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands.

Haddon Hall   the Duke of Rutland’s seat, this stately home has a grand Tudor hall and Elizabethan gardens.

Peveril Castle   a ruined 11th-century castle overlooking the village of Castleton in Derbyshire