Alsager

Alsager is a small, but busy town in East Cheshire. The arrival of the railway in the mid 19th century sparked a new era of prosperity for the town and Alsager became an attractive residential area for “gentlemen connected with the Staffordshire Potteries”. It was at one point served by 3 stations!

The town offers a baker’s shop, cafes, pubs, a library, a health centre, a leisure centre, independent shops, supermarkets and a Wednesday market. 

There are several play areas for different age groups, including one for the under-5s and one for older children and adults.

Alsager is a Dementia Friendly Community.

 

Places to Visit

 

Walking routes

There are several waymarked walking routes in and around Alsager and walking maps can be picked up from Alsager Library.

For example, you can walk from the Station to Hall Farm Cafe and Farm Shop (about 45 minutes) along the red walk route. Turn left away from the station, pass the Railway Inn, then turn right into Fanny’s Croft.

Milton Park

Milton Park is a 6 minute walk or 2 minute cycle from the station.

Turn right out of the station, turn left down station road Milton Park contains a children’s play area, junior football pitch, skatepark, toilet facilities, floral displays an ornamental lawn area and sunken garden, with sensory garden centrepiece.

The Merelake Way

The Merelake Way is a 7 minute walk or 2 minute cycle from the station.

Turn left out of the station, then left along Talke Road.

Starts from The Linley pub The Merelake Way is an approximately 1 mile long trail for walkers, located on the Southern edge of Alsager. Once a railway line, the Merelake Way follows a wooded cutting (good for bird watching) as it climbs uphill towards the Staffordshire border at Merelake. There are several connecting public footpaths across fields or onto the golf course.

Alsager Mere

Alsager Mere is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute cycle from the station.

Turn right out of the station

Why not feed the ducks at this peaceful spot, which can be accessed via gardens from Crewe Road and Sandbach Road North.

Alsager Mere used to be much deeper than it is now. It was known for its huge pike and rumours abounded in the 1950s and 60s of a monster pike called Oscar. A big fish hunter once spent 3 days and 3 nights in a tent at Frank Steel’s (the barbers) fishing for this famous giant. Whilst he caught several pike, Oscar was not one of them.

Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows

Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows is a 25 minute walk or 6 minute cycle from the station.

Turn right out of the station.

The Salt Line is a well surfaced walking and cycle route along 1.8 miles of disused railway track. There are path side picnic table, seating at least every 400 metres and site information boards. Two self guided trails – Solar System and Tale of Trees – are available.

Borrow Pit Meadows is adjacent to the Salt Line and linked to it by access points and paths. Borrow Pit Meadows are about 40 acres in size with 1.25 miles of well surfaced undulating paths, with a further 0.6 miles of unsurfaced paths. It is a mosaic of habitats including meadows, woodland, wetland, grassland, farmland and scrub. With benches located at regular points along the surfaced routes, it is ideal for quiet recreation on foot or bike and will also be of interest for those who enjoy birds, plants, trees and wildlife.

Little Moreton Hall – "lifted straight from a fairy story, a gingerbread house"

Little Moreton Hall is 15 minutes by taxi (needs to be pre-booked)

Little Moreton Hall is a stunning moated half-timbered manor house. The house’s top-heavy appearance, “like a stranded Noah’s Ark”, is due to the Long Gallery that runs the length of the south range’s upper floor. The oldest parts of the house were built around 1450 for Richard de Moreton, whose family had been landowners in the area for several hundred years. It was given to the National Trust in 1938. In five centuries, it has never been sold!

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