Hip to See Squares: Ten Great Focal Piazzas

Our Latest Not So Perfect Ten looks at a fistful of focal piazzas outside London

In the last fifteen months, many of us have become more aware of their surroundings thanks to lockdown conditions. Exercising and trips out for essential items have been a local affair. Working from home has meant more people knowing their way around the local Co-op (other convenience store chains are available) instead of city centres or business parks.

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Run to the Hills 2021: A Go Cheapway Update

Hillside views a bus, train or tram ride, or quick walk away

Since our original 2014 article, we have decided to create an updated version. In the last seven years, bus routes and operators have come and gone, and your author’s knowledge of the hills has improved since then.

Was it really seven years since we first wrote this piece? Back then, we had some great weather. Seven years on, the last month has seen some fantastic weather for picnicking or admiring rural views. Since the first COVID-19 lockdown, many people have taken to the hills instead of the shopping centres.

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From Buckton Castle to Harrop Edge: A Very Rough Guide to Stalybridge’s Hills

Ever wondered which hill is which in Stalybridge? Our guide might help you

There is a certain mystique about the Pennine foothills that frame Stalybridge, Mossley and Dukinfield. Especially when you leave the centre of Stalybridge proper towards the wilderness. A ‘wilderness’ that is accessible from the town centre on public and private transport, foot and bicycle.

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Three Peaks for a Grand: Cheshire Climb Creates Windfall for Francis House

Stagecoach Manchester employees scale new heights in Macclesfield beauty spot

Rather you than me, and I can speak from experience having done Tegg's Nose in (seemingly always) inclement weather.
Rather you than me; I can speak from experience having done Tegg’s Nose in (seemingly always) inclement weather, at the age of eight. Seen here is the Stagecoach Manchester team who have scaled the three Cheshire peaks. Including Tegg’s Nose of course, which I have been to a few times with the Ewing School. (Photograph © 2015 Tangerine PR Ltd)

Francis House Children’s Hospice, has seen sponsorship climb thanks to a Cheshire Three Peaks walk, completed by staff and drivers from Stagecoach Manchester. Two teams raised over £1,000 for the leading local bus company’s charity of the year, from across Stagecoach Manchester’s five depots.  Continue reading “Three Peaks for a Grand: Cheshire Climb Creates Windfall for Francis House”

Shall We Take A Trip, 1978 Style? Part Two: Outer City Tour

45 miles around Manchester, 1978 to 26 attractions: is it still possible?

If you thought the city centre has changed beyond recognition in the last 36 years, the same is also true of its immediate surroundings. Continue reading “Shall We Take A Trip, 1978 Style? Part Two: Outer City Tour”

Shall We Take A Trip, 1978 Style? Part One: Inner City Tour

Retracing City of Manchester Corporation’s tours from their 1978 pocket guide

Manchester in 1978: though a year before the creator of this blog emerged, the city’s Arndale Centre was a year from completion. University Challenge and Coronation Street was filmed at Quay Street instead of MediaCity. The Manchester Ship Canal’s Manchester Docks was in its death throes as bigger ships used Ellesmere Port, or at least for the next five years, Dock 9 close to today’s Lowry Centre. Continue reading “Shall We Take A Trip, 1978 Style? Part One: Inner City Tour”

Run to the Hills: A Go Cheapway… Special

Hillside views east of the M60 motorway, a bus, train or tram ride, or quick walk away

Buckton Castle, Carrbrook
I know I’ve used this picture of Buckton Castle (seen from Harridge Pike) before, but it’s a lovely view which I have photographed with my Holga toy camera. Oh, and it also best illustrates the content of this piece.

Oh, the weather we have enjoyed in the last month has been nothing short of incredible. A fantastic month for picnicking, hosting a barbecue, or admiring rural views. In other words, a great time to explore our rural surroundings, and take some time out from the office, school, house or shopping centre.

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Go Cheapway… With A Dog

Travelling on public transport with your canine friend

Sammy, 8 years old
Companion and sometime editorial assistant for East of the M60: Samuel H. Sausage La Trobe de Trafford Le Baptiste Vallantine.

For the purpose of this article, I shall introduce you to my nine year old Jack Russell Terrier, Sammy. He’s the archetypal short-legged JRT: hyperactive, jolly, devious, yet loving at the same time. He likes his home comforts, and loves travelling on public transport, though he shudders a little on the 409 (especially on the Waterloo/Limehurst section when we pass his V E T). Continue reading “Go Cheapway… With A Dog”

Go Cheapway… to Stalybridge

An alternative way of visiting the Cheshire town 

View towards Eastwood bird reserve, Cheethams Park
Iconic: Cheetham’s Park, towards the Eastwood Bird Reserve

Mention Stalybridge, and the first two things which spring to most people’s minds are the station’s buffet bar (no bad thing in my book!) or Staly Vegas. If they’re of a sporting persuasion, it is none other than the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic. Then there’s the town’s place in the Guinness Book of Records for having the shortest and longest pub names. Continue reading “Go Cheapway… to Stalybridge”

Go Cheapway… to Tandle Hill

‘Open my eyes and look around/Colours and concepts I confound…’*

Tandle Hill woodland (black and white)
As Tandle Hill was a favoured meeting place for Radicals and Socialists, Beech trees were planted to stop future meetings, leaving us this lovely woodland. Suffice to say, I am none too happy as to why they planted the trees in the first place, but then again…

The idyllic woodland of Tandle Hill Park belies its footnote in labour history. Up to the Peterloo Massacre, it was a meeting place for Radicals and reputed to used for drilling and practicing up to the 16 August 1819. Following on from the events which led to the Great Reform Act and other progressive legislation, it became a private game reserve of the Thornham Estate, who also planted the Beech trees.

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