Living in the North of England has so many advantages, not only is it cheaper but you also have a lot more on your doorstep just waiting to be discovered. I am pretty lucky that I live in Leeds so it’s smack bang in the middle and has great links to lots of places, so once the weekend finally rolls around it’s pretty easy to get out and about. I love the big city life that Leeds offers me, but at times I do find myself looking to move somewhere a little more country in lifestyle and surroundings, so places like Cheshire and www.laurushomes.co.uk always end up in my search history. At present I am not able to move to a new house, so exploring new locations and what they have to offer will have to suffice…
1) Macclesfield Forest
You’ll probably notice there’s a distinct wildlife and animal theme to my exploring and with good reason as Cheshire is home to picturesque nature. Macclesfield Forest was once part of the large Royal Forest of Macclesfield, an area owned by the Earl of Chester, so has quite the history. It’s mostly known for its walking paths, deer and bird watching, so it’s definitely one to discover for the animal lovers.
2) Chester Zoo
You can’t visit Chester without a trip to Chester Zoo, right?! It’s home to over 21,000 animals and 500 species so it’s definitely top of the exploring list. It’s not your typical zoo though as they focus a lot on conservation and endangered animals. I am not a big fan of zoos on the whole as I sadly find them a necessary evil however, Chester Zoo is one of the few I will support/visit due to the conservation and education they offer.
3) Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
This stunning castle and its grounds are a must see when in Malpas! The 19th-century castle has a distinctly gothic feel which is right up my street, couple that with beautiful gardens it’s a great way to spend a day exploring and taking those all important pics for the grid.