3 reasons why you should move to Marple

PUBLISHED: 00:00 16 June 2020

Marple Bridge

Marple Bridge

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Made with love should be the trademark for lovely Marple and Marple Bridge, which are perfectly positioned for life in the slow lane.

View along Town Street, Marple BridgeView along Town Street, Marple Bridge

The small town and village are sought after by those who want to live at their own pace, with the pleasure of being close enough to Manchester to dabble in the city for work or play. The area is cool, calm and collected, with a fabulous range of bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants catering for all tastes and fancies. And the small but well-packed high street is just the place for a weekend mooch.

Visitors are charmed by the scenic bridge over the River Goyt, and in the summertime the place is brimming with glorious hanging baskets and becomes a place to laze away the days.

If you pick the right spot along the river, you’ll see the resident heron and his kingfisher mates, while the Roman Lakes welcome people who fancy a touch of walking, cycling, fishing or canoeing. Picnicking is a hit, too.

Locals praise their hometown for the three Cs – community, character and conservation. So what are you waiting for?

Peak Forest Canal and Marple LocksPeak Forest Canal and Marple Locks

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Marple and Marple Bridge are a great base from which to explore the outdoors. Brabyns Park is a real asset to the area, offering ample space to wander by the river or relax in the open space, and there’s the Marple Aqueduct, which is perfect for a gentle wander. The Roman Lakes come with a highly recommended tea room, and St Martin’s Church is worth a look in to check out its arts and crafts style.

Marple Locks is home to a flight of 16 working locks, surrounded by picturesque countryside and not far from the Memorial Park, which visitors say is a lovely open space to enjoy, for all ages.

Take the Chadkirk Trail to see most of the sights Marple has to offer. It takes walkers past the rivers Goyt and Etherow and the Peak Forest Canal, as well as Grade II Listed Chadkirk Chapel.

The canal at Marple junctionThe canal at Marple junction

ON THE DOORSTEP

Sited within 10 miles of Manchester city centre, Marple and Marple Bridge, which are intersected by the beautiful River Goyt, are close to some of Cheshire and Derbyshire’s finest countryside.

The Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals meet at Marple’s picturesque marina, and there are miles of towpaths and footpaths to explore, making the area a magnet for walkers and cyclists.

There are numerous sports clubs, and Brabyns Park and the Memorial Park provide acres of outside space for locals to enjoy. Marple has an independent cinema and an amateur theatre too. “There’s a wonderful community spirit,” Gascoigne Halman Marple branch manager Richard Leece says. “Property opportunities in this unique area of South Manchester range from beautiful detached family homes in the rural surroundings of the town to stylish one-bedroom flats in modern developments. Plus, there’s opportunity for almost any interest, from first-time buyers to families and those in between.” For families, there are highly regarded schools and nurseries, and for commuters, both Marple and Rose Hill stations offer regular services to Manchester city centre.

Staff member, Sara Sanchez at Libby's Bread and WineStaff member, Sara Sanchez at Libby's Bread and Wine

HIGH STREET PICKS

It’s not difficult to lose track of time mooching around Marple and Marple Bridge, with the area brimming with foodie hotspots and shopping gems. Locals recommend a stop at Libby’s Bread & Wine for all-day food and drink (or a delicious takeaway), or for a taste of the transatlantic there’s South Seven, an American BBQ smokehouse.

To whet the palate with a touch of other cuisines, take a visit to Angkor Soul for classic Cambodian cooking, or Chaat Cart for authentic Indian street food.

Whether you fit the food around the shopping or vice versa, be sure to pop into Helen Winterson for fab fashion staples, and Town Street for a touch of boutique. For the home, there’s Ryeflatt Interiors, and for a summer pick-me-up check out florist Jenni-fleurs. And don’t forget to stop in at Dutsons, the wine and deli with rave reviews.

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