What to See and Do Whilst Visiting Marple Locks

Marple Locks is a very popular tourist destination for many people who are visiting the Peak District in England. For those who are staying at one of our cottages, it’s worth planning your visit to Marple Locks. This article will tell you what makes Marple locks so special and help give you some ideas for when you’re there – we’ll also explore some things that may not be on everyone’s radar!

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The Top 5 Places To Visit in Marple

Here at Magpie Cottages, we have put together a useful resource in the form of an infographic on “The Top 5 Places To Visit in Marple”. The places we have chosen to include are deemed the best rated attractions based on their Trip Advisor reviews. As our luxury self catering cottages are based in Marple, we would like our customers to experience the vast scenery, tranquillity and popular tourist attractions that surround Magpie Cottages and its facilities. If you are looking to book a self catering luxury cottage holiday with us for 2017, get in touch today for available dates on 07718 341193!

Top 5 Places To Visit In Marple

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 “Chadkirk Chapel and Estate”

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 Around Romiley, Marple and Compstall

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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Where To Visit In The Peak District

Why Magpie Cottages is perfectly placed for exploring the Peak District as well as the Etherow valley

Mam Tor, Peak District. Image by Chris2766 (via Shutterstock).
The iconic Mam Tor, also known as “The Shivering Mountain”. Less than an hour’s drive away from Marple. Image by Chris2766 (via Shutterstock).

In less than an hour from Magpie Cottages, you could be in the midst of the Peak District National Park. It is Britain’s oldest National Park, created in 1951, with exceptional scenic views and plenty of things to do. The Magpie Cottages are in the unique position of being close to Manchester city centre as well as places like Buxton, Edale, and Castleton. It is possible by bus and train as well as by car. Here’s a selection of places we like. Continue reading “Where To Visit In The Peak District”