Stalybridge - The True Gem of Tameside!
Situated on the edge of the vast Peak District National Park and embraced by the Pennine Hills, Stalybridge has a rich industrial heritage, which can be seen in the local architecture.
Ideally situated, Stalybridge town centre, is a 20 minute walk from Stalybridge Country Park incorporating Walkerwood Reservoir with its hearty walks and breath-taking views.
With children in mind, there are two public parks; Stamford Park which borders Ashton under Lyne offering beautiful Victorian gardens, children’s playground, central coffee house, boating lake and children’s play water fountains. Tennis and basketball/netball courts are also available. On the other side of town you will find Cheetham’s Park, which boasts a nature reserve, archery club as well as a two separate, age appropriate, playgrounds. Due to the location of the park, the most amazing view of Manchester City Centre is on your doorstep!
Ofsted have rated many primary schools in Stalybridge as “Outstanding”. The town is also within the catchment area for “Outstanding” secondary schools. For the Pre-schoolers, there are also Ofsted “outstanding” registered nurseries such as Funtasia Kids Club and many Mums and Tots groups within Stalybridge’s array of Churches and community centres.
Stalybridge is becoming more and more popular with commuters, with Manchester City Centre just 12 minutes away on the train; Leeds a 40 minute journey and Liverpool just short of an hour away. By car, due to close proximity of the M60 Ring-road you are only 2 hours away from Birmingham and just 3.5 hours from Glasgow!
Dubbed by many local residents as “Little Venice” the waterways and canals in Stalybridge were re-opened in 1999. Armentier’s Square surrounds the main hub of the moorings and annually takes part in Tameside in Bloom. The borough has previously been named best in the Country, in the City category, by The Royal Horticultural Society.
Traditional Pubs are dotted around the town, to mention a few: The Hunters Public House on Acres Lane, The Old Fleece on Market Street in the town centre and the CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) awarded Buffet Bar Real Ale & Gin Bar on the platform of Stalybridge Train Station, all steeped with history, all as old as the town itself!
Stalybridge also has one or two “claims to fame”. The 1977 movie Yanks, starring Richard Gere was filmed in and around the town, as well as comedy series such as The League of Gentlemen, Clocking off and the 1970’s children’s series Jossey’s Giants! The town has been a regular in the Guinness Book of Records holding the title for the longest and shortest name of a public house “The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn” and “Q”. Although The Rifleman has closed in recent years, the pub sign is currently on display at Bridge Beers, Stalybridge’s very own micro-brewery. The Q is still going strong offering live music with an outdoor stage, which you can enjoy in their beer garden.
With house prices stable and in line with general inflation, it really is a town to consider when searching for your new home!