Local areas

Macclesfield - ECT Headquarters

East Cheshire NHS Trust is headquartered in Macclesfield on the edge of the stunning Peak District National Park. Surrounded by outstanding countryside and beautiful towns and villages, Macclesfield is a superb place to live and work.

Macclesfield grew as one of the main silk centres of the country, renowned for the skill of its designers and for its richly patterned woven fabrics. These days Macclesfield boasts bijoux art galleries, great shops and an award winning brass band. The perennially popular Treacle Market takes place on the last Sunday of every month.

Alongside the town centre the location of the town lends itself to outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling. There is a famous award winning Canal running between Marple and Hall Green, passing through Bollington, Macclesfield and Congleton. The Canal passes through mostly green and rural surroundings, with Victorian mills and warehouses along the way adding a distinctive character.

Alderley Edge

The picturesque village of Alderley Edge sits in the east of Cheshire and offers a fabulous range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Famed for being home to the rich and famous it’s known as the Champagne capital of Britain. Although a vibrant village there is much more to Alderley Edge than shopping and eating and a walk up to ‘The Edge’ provides you stunning views across the Cheshire Plain.

But it’s not all bubbly and caviar. Scratch the surface and you’ll find traditional bakers, butchers, a specialist cheese shop and the monthly Alderley Edge farmers' market.


Known locally as Beartown, the pretty market town of Congleton is perfectly placed to reach the Peak District and Biddulph moor.

Congleton has plenty of attractions such as the traditional market every Tuesday and Saturday from the Bridestones Centre. The town also hosts an annual food and drink festival promoting locally sourced produce/cuisine and a jazz and blues festival which showcases acts from across the UK.

Congleton Park is located along the banks of the River Dane just north east of the town centre and leads to town wood; a grade A site of biological Interest containing many nationally important plants.


Crewe, known as the Railway Town, was one of the world's greatest railway workshops and was a hotbed of craft and invention, building elegant locomotives that brought wealth and prestige.

Nowadays, Crewe’s got a lot more to offer. There’s a thriving live music scene, as well as a range of shops, bars, pubs and restaurants. You can take a stroll in recently refurbished Queen’s Park, a traditional Victorian park that features walkways, a children's play area, crown green bowling, putting, a boating lake, grassed areas, memorials and a café.

The Crewe Heritage Centre is located in the old LMS railway yard for Crewe railway station. The museum has three signal boxes and an extensive miniature railway with steam, diesel and electric traction. The most prominent exhibit of the museum is the British Rail Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train.

There is a Grade II-listed Edwardian Lyceum Theatre which is in the centre of Crewe. It was built in 1911 and shows drama, ballet, opera, music, comedy and pantomime.

Holmes Chapel

Holmes Chapel is an attractive village overlooking the Dane Valley, a picturesque region that is popular with walkers and cyclists as you can reach green fields within a mile of the centre in any direction.

The area is home to the world famous Jodrell Bank Science Centre, which houses the Lovell Radio Telescope, one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world.

The village has strong transport links being situated approximately a mile from the M6 and having a regular rail service to Manchester amongst other large cities.


Nantwich is a medieval market town with a modern edge. Situated on the banks of the River Weaver, Nantwich is famous for the medieval timbered buildings dotted around the town.

Stroll through the atmospheric streets and visit for bijoux boutiques, antiques dealers and contemporary craft shops. Nantwich also hosts the International Cheese Awards, a prestigious event that celebrates the finest cheeses known to man.


Sandbach is blooming lovely as the town is renowned for its award winning floral displays. The town has an important historical feature on the cobbled market square, two Saxon Crosses that were reportedly built in the 7th, 8th or 9th century. The crosses are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Sandbach is also home to many listed buildings, including Sandbach School, St Mary's Church, Sandbach and the Old Hall Hotel. Many of the local public houses, which were formerly stage coach stops, are listed buildings.

Wheelock Trail rail was closed for railway use and after years of continuous track development it has now become a multi-user trail with a high quality facility for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike. The trail forms part of Route 5 of the National Cycle Network, linking Middlewich with Alsager, and rich in wildlife.

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