Middlewich

Middlewich is a town situated centrally in the north-west English county of Cheshire.

Understand

Middlewich was founded by the Roman Empire who used the large salt deposits underground. It has since then become a market town residing in the heart of the cheshire countryside, boasting unspoilt countryside, scenic waterways and summer festivals. Unlike cities and most big towns, it is not over-run by large store chains which gives small independent businesses a chance to flourish.

Get in

By car

The M6 motorway is close by. Use junction 18 to get to Middlewich.

By plane

The town is about half an hours drive from both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester International. Both are easily accessible via the road networks, and less so through rail.

By train

Although Middlewich's train station has not been active for years, there is a train station out the outskirts of the neighbouring town of Winsford, and one sightly further away in the town of Sandbach. These two stations have direct links to Crewe station, which is one of the main hubs for rail in the north of England.

By bus

The buses are very frequent in Middlewich, running to and from every neighbouring town. Take the bus number 39 from Crewe (or its train station) which will take you to Middlewich after about an hour. For bus time tables ring Traveline Cheshire on 01606 815050.

By boat

The Trent and Mersey canal runs right through the centre of the town and therefore you can reach Middlewich via canal barge once on the correct canal. The Trent and Mersey Canal can be reach via The Coventry, Staff and Worcs, Macclesfeild and Bridgewater canals.

Get around

Middlewich is a small and compact town so most attractions and amenities are within walking distance.

See

Canal Wharf

The big church in the center of town is considered the main attraction. There are miles of watersways to walk along, The Trent And Mersey canal, as well as several rivers. The town is surrounded by countryside offering bird watchers lots of opportunities, particularly along the Croxton flashes.

Do

Visit during the Folk and Boat weekend, usually the third weekend in June. The whole town explodes with people, events and music. Small fields in the center of town have stalls on them, offering locally brewed beers and scrumpies, as well as the main music tent. The pubs along the side of the canal are usually packed and offer live music too. The Middlewich Folk and Boat festival is now firmly established on the folk circuit and it is estimated that 30,000 people visit the town during the festival weekend, along with 400 boats.

It is also worth a visit to the "Temptations" shop along the high street, a very unique shop which is deceptively large once you enter the building.

Eat

Like many towns in northern England, there are many Indian and Chinese takeaways as well as a few Turkish kebab houses.

Drink

There are many places to drink in the center of town. The Kings Arms and The Vaults are located centrally in town although it is advised to be wary drinking during Friday and Saturday night, particularly in the Vaults, as some locals can be rude to people out of town. The Boar's Head and Newton Brewery, just outside of the center of town, are more suited for a friendlier atmosphere, whilst the Salt Cellar at the top end of town is a family pub.

Sleep

Some of the higher end pubs offer places you can stay. On the outskirts near the industrial estate, there is a Travelodge.

Like many of the towns with canals running through them, you can rent and stay in a canal barge. This also gives you the opportuinty to visit other towns through this different way of transport.

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