Boasting one of the best locations of any pub in Cheshire, The Boars Head is just a minute’s walk from a host of the county’s most stunning outdoor attractions.
Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once home to the Legh family and was an historic hunting estate. Now, the 1,400 acre park houses ancient deer herds and glorious countryside vistas.
Leave your car at the pub, amble along Lyme Road, then head up into the park’s gorgeous rolling green hills. Extend your walk to reach the grand old English architecture of Lyme Hall and Lyme Cage. Alternatively, blaze your own trail out into the park’s picturesque wilderness, taking in breathtaking views across Cheshire and Derbyshire.
More information: nationaltrust.org.uk
Lord Vernon’s Wharf, almost on the doorstep of The Boars Head, is one of the Macclesfield Canal’s most popular narrowboat moorings. Hundreds of colourful barges compete with ducks and their newborn ducklings for territory on the canal banks year-round.
A stone towpath runs alongside the 26 mile-long canal, providing an ideal platform for a leisurely waterside walk. The route begins in Marple Junction in the north, passing along the side of the most westerly Pennine hills through High Lane, Higher Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield and Congleton all the way to Kidsgrove in the south.
The canal was built in the 19th century to serve the mills, mines and quarries of the towns it winds through, as well as to provide a link from Manchester to the Potteries and the Midlands. Cruise the water or walk the towpath for long enough, and you will see evidence of the old mill structures, as well as the remains of hundreds of coal mines.
Daily boat hires are available from many narrowboat owners moored up at the wharf.
More information: macclesfieldcanal.org.uk
The Middlewood Way was sensitively reclaimed from a former railway line to provide a natural attraction for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and nature lovers.
As you can see in the top-left of the picture (below), The Boars Head overlooks The Middlewood Way, and serves as the ideal finish line to any trip along the path.
The 11 mile, sand and stone track follows the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire countryside and between historic mill towns. For much of its length, the Middlewood Way runs close to the Macclesfield Canal, and there are many options for easy, circular walks.
For the more adventurous, the extensive public footpath network reaches into the Peak District Foothills to the east and the Cheshire Plain to the west. Car parking, rest stops and information points are available at frequent intervals.
More information: www.visitmacclesfield.co.uk