Cheshire Life Towns and Villages Supplement
PUBLISHED: 00:18 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 16:07 20 February 2013
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The charms of Cheshire's towns and villages are so numerous it is hard to know where to begin.
Perhaps the county's 'capital' city of Chester is the natural starting point. History is everywhere, attracting six million visitors each year. Like the entire county it's a place of contrasts. Take a boat trip for a tranquil experience but you're only a stone's throw from the bustling shopping area.
Cheshire has a big appeal for shoppers, whether they seek international fashions or local home-made produce in characterful independent shops. But the great outdoors beckons too. Stroll around an English garden: choose from Ness Gardens, Walton Hall, or Lyme Park to name but a few. Or tour a grand country house: Tatton may be your taste or Arley, perhaps? Cheshire's distinctive black and white timbered buildings impress foreign tourists: Gawsworth Hall near Macclesfield, and Little Moreton Hall, near Congleton, are fine examples.
But if you want natural charms, take in the canal walks, the Wirral coastline or the Cheshire Plain. Stand on The Edge, that rugged crag near trendy Alderley, and you'll understand why myths and legends abound.
You'll notice we couldn't resist including some of our favourite places in North Wales. It is after all, Cheshire's next door neighbour and the most popular UK holiday destination for North-West residents.
Louise Taylor, Editor
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