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Stand By for Marple Carnival

Why Marple Carnival is the biggest and brightest parade in this part of Cheshire in the middle of June

Marple locks, ideal for Marple Carnival. Image by David Dixon (Creative Commons License)

Marple locks image by David Dixon (Creative Commons License)

No Saturday in the middle of June is complete without Marple Carnival, and this year’s event shall be no exception. Taking place on the 17 June, the street parade begins at 1pm, assembling at St. Martin’s Road and Oldknow Road. The fun starts much earlier at 10am, where there will be live music from the arena on Memorial Park. There will also be a dog show. continue reading

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Chadkirk Chapel and Estate

A look at the picturesque Chadkirk Chapel and its estate, a short walk away from Magpie Cottages

Chadkirk Chapel image by Skinsmoke (Creative Commons License - Attribution)

Chadkirk Chapel, fully restored and only a short walk away from Magpie Cottages. Image by Skinsmoke, 2009 (Creative Commons License: Attribution).

Our cottages are blessed with some great views of the River Goyt. They are a good starting point for exploring the Peak District or the centre of Manchester. Only a quarter of an hour’s walk away is one of Romiley’s finest landmarks. That of Chadkirk Chapel and its estate. continue reading

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A Walk Along the Sett Valley Trail

How a former railway line from New Mills to Hayfield became the Sett Valley Trail

Hayfield village, end of the Sett Valley Trail. Image by Clem Rutter, 2009 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike)

Hayfield village centre: the eastern end of the Sett Valley Trail. Image by Clem Rutter, 2009 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

On the 04 January 1970, the Hayfield to New Mills Central line saw its last paying passengers. The 2.5 mile line gave the villages along the Sett Valley line a direct link with Manchester Piccadilly station. In its place was a bus service from Hayfield to Manchester via Stockport. Its Manchester to Stockport section was discontinued three years later, though the route exists today as the 358 (Stockport – Marple – Hayfield).

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A Look at Etherow Country Park

The treasures of Etherow Country Park, another gem in the Goyt and Etherow valleys

Etherow Country Park and duck. Image by ArrowSG (via Shutterstock).

Serene: the Keg Pool in Etherow Country Park and ducks. Image by ArrowSG (via Shutterstock).

In our previous blog post, we looked at some pubs a short distance from Magpie Cottages. The last one in the post was The Andrew Arms. It was so-called due to the mill owner, George Andrew. He built a model village for his workers in Compstall. The millponds for his cotton mills form part of the Etherow Country Park.

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Real Ales ‘Round Romiley

A selection of public houses around Romiley noted for real ales and food

One of the upsides of our semi rural location is how close we are to Manchester as well as the Peak District. Home to many established businesses such as Romiley Board Mill, suppliers of cardboard tubes and other packaging, the area around Romiley, Marple and Compstall is also noted for real ales and fine food. Whether your choice of hostelry is cheap and cheerful, or swish, there are enough pubs along the Goyt and Etherow valleys to choose from.

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