11 Cheshire villages so beautiful they will make you want to move there in 2022

Cheshire has a wealth of some of the country’s most beautiful villages.

A drive through the county is punctuated by charming white houses with black timbers, impressive old churches and lush green pastures.

From sleepy hamlets at the side of the canal, to happening villages with active communities, CheshireLive lists some of our county’s most beautiful locations…

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Wrenbury

Wrenbury

Named one of the best villages in the UK by The Times , the picturesque village of Wrenbury lies among pastures that could have inspired the young Milton. Gently undulating and well tended fields stretch for miles from the rural village’s heart.

An 18th century wooden drawbridge spans the Shropshire Union Canal on the road leading into the village, which winds past the Wrenbury Mill and marina, past a smart new housing estate and into the village’s quaint centre.

A village green punctuated with trees lies across from the 16th century church. All around, black and white timber framed houses stand reflecting the morning sun, many of them listed buildings. The steady trundling of cars and the gentle birdsong are broken by the chimes of the warm bells of St. Margaret’s.

Wrenbury was one of only five villages in the North West to be included in the Sunday Times’ list, and was the only Cheshire village to be mentioned. The other North West villages to be mentioned were Barbon and Threlkeld in Cumbria and Slaidburn and Trawden in Lancashire.

Audlem

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In Audlem, Union Jack flags fly from every other building while an abundance of flowers burst out from pots troughs and window ledges outside the independent shops, cafes and pubs.

You would be forgiven for thinking there was a special event or festival underway, but this scene is simply the norm In Audlem.

Residents here pay a voluntary annual fee for the flags and flowers to be put out in the village for the summer months, while a volunteer committee work in their spare time to keep the village pristine.

The Shropshire Union Canal runs through the centre of the village, bringing even more colour to proceedings. Boaters can moor their narrowboats right next to the seating area of The Shroppie Fly pub, the village’s quirkiest pub, where you’ll find a barge inside as the main bar where you buy your drinks.

Tattenhall

Tattenhall
Church Bank, Tattenhall

Walking down the hill from the Grade II* listed St. Alban’s Church, past the neat gardens of Georgian and Tudor houses draped in wisteria, into the heart of Tattenhall village.

Past the tailor and independent café, set high above the road, with a steep garden full of seating areas leading up to it.

Further along Tattenhall Road, two pubs stand opposed to one another, and wisteria reappears above the door of The Letters Inn.

Tattenhall made the news this year when a study named the village as the having third most stressed-out workers in the country.

The study also said that the Cheshire village had the highest rate of burnout in the north west.

Pott Shrigley

St. Christopher's, Pott Shrigley, near Macclesfield.
St. Christopher’s, Pott Shrigley.

Set in stunning Peak District countryside in the furthest reaches of the county, Pott Shrigley’s yellow gritstone houses make it stand out amongst Cheshire’s villages.

Centred around St Christopher’s Church, this village set in the hills above Macclesfield has a population of just 220.

The village is the location of one of Cheshire’s oldest schools, opened in 1492. It currently operates as a primary school and has just 22 pupils.

It is thought that a prominent grotesque in the village church may have provided the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat.

Great Budworth

Great Budworth in Cheshire
Great Budworth in Cheshire
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This year, Great Budworth near Northwich was named among the 30 prettiest villages in the UK by The Times . Visitors may recognise the village from television appearances in the BBC’s Our Zoo and War of the Worlds.

The village looks for all the world the archetypal Tudor village, an illusion deliberately manufactured in Victorian times.

Almost every crooked, grade II listed building in the village is less than 150 years old, part of the fantasy village created by Rowland Egerton Warburton. Warburton was Squire of nearby Arley Hall, and Great Budworth sat on his estate. He commissioned the rebuilding of the village in order create a living, full size model village in picturesque Tudor style.

Cheshire native Harry Styles once took girlfriend Taylor Swift to the village’s George and Dragon pub.

Bollington

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A few miles to the south west of Pott Shrigley, Bollington‘s scenery is dominated by White Nancy.

The ethereal White Nancy stands high on Kerridge Hill overlooking Bollington.

Built in 1815 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, and was funded by the prominent local Gaskell family.

White Nancy has seen a huge number of paint jobs over the years, including the festive guises of Christmas puddings and Father Christmas.

In 2018, the face of Mark E. Smith, frontman and only permanent member of The Fall, was painted on the monument.

Some said that Mark was messing up the paintwork.

The views from Kerridge Hill are breath-taking, both of Bollington and of the Peak District beyond.

Tarvin

Tarvin

Close to Chester, but a world away, Tarvin moves at its own pace. A cool new coffee house and bar and an independent beer bottle shop have sprung up alongside pristine Tudor and Georgian houses.

A narrow path lined by gnarled old trees that obscure the view of the old church. To the rear of the church, a clear glass window looks out over a lush green valley, as mists nestle on the wooded hillsides. The plain glass is a remnant of this village’s puritanical past, when the stained glass was seen as a form of idolatry and was removed.

Tarvin saw fierce fighting during the Civil War. On a brass epitaph dedicated to Henry Hardware, Mayor of Chester, a hole caused by a musket ball can be seen. It is hard to believe that the ground of this silent churchyard once roared with the sounds of battle.

Tarporley

Tarporley high street, Cheshire. Picture by Martin Dowle

A wide, sweeping road lined with tall, red-brick Georgian houses runs through the centre of Tarporley.

Tarporley High Street has seen a plethora of trendy, independent shops and bars spring up in recent years, though old favourites such as The Swan remain.

A few miles south, Beeston Castle provides one of the best viewpoints in all Cheshire. Visitors can see as far as the Welsh mountains.

Goostrey

Goostrey in Cheshire
Goostrey in Cheshire
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Gorgeous Goostrey, home to England star Raheem Sterling, is famed for its annual gooseberry-growing competition.

The competition, organised by the Goostrey Gooseberry Society, began in 1864. The society in Goostrey is the largest in the county with 24 showing members competing every summer to grow the heaviest gooseberry to be crowned champion, with the awards held at the Crown Inn.

According to the Goostrey Gooseberry Society’s secretary Martin de Kretser: “It’s all about who can grow the heaviest berry. It does take a lot of horticultural skill to grow the big berries, which can get to the size of a hen’s egg.”

Lymm

The picturesque village of Lymm
The picturesque village of Lymm
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The road to Lymm crosses the famous Lymm dam, which causes a picturesque lake in the centre of the village.

The canal provides more aquatic splendour. At Lymm it is wide, and crossed by an attractive red-brick bridge.

Winding, narrow roads undulate through the valley, lined by black and white timbered houses and sturdy Georgian constructions, all framed by the wooded hills that surround the village.

Holmes Chapel

The Square at the centre of the village of Holmes Chapel
The Square at the centre of the village of Holmes Chapel
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Scenery in Holmes Chapel is dominated by the 15th century St Luke’s Church, which stands at the very centre of the village.

This lively village was where Harry Styles spent his childhood.

Holmes Chapel features great pubs, with the George and Dragon and the Red Lion a stones throw away from each other, with the Bottle Bank, based in the old NatWest building, right in the middle.

Some people will also remember the old AP Club across the road from the station, which was redeveloped some years ago and turned into the Holmes Chapel Community Centre.

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