LOCATION: Where are we?
WHALEY BRIDGE is an attractive small town in the High Peak. We call ourselves the Gateway to the Goyt Valley, the area of outstanding natural beauty which is a magnet for walkers, tourists and those seeking adventure. The whole town is surrounded by the beautiful hills and woods, typical of this part of the Peak.
Whaley Bridge (population 8,000 approximately) is 18 miles south of Manchester, seven miles north of Buxton, nine miles north east of Macclesfield and 28 miles west of Sheffield.
The town stands on the A5004 road, formerly the A6, which is now the designation for the Whaley-Chapel by-pass. A whole network of roads leads out from the Whaley Bridge valley, towards Buxton, Castleton, Chapel en le Frith, Chinley, Hayfield, Kettleshulme and Macclesfield, New Mills and Stockport. The major conurbations of Greater Manchester, Sheffield and Stoke on Trent, are each about an hour away.
We are also on the Buxton-Manchester railway, allowing many people to commute to jobs in the city, in Stockport and nearby Buxton. The line is also much used by walkers coming to Whaley Bridge as a starting point for their latest walk. There is also a station at Furness Vale.
The motorway system is relatively near Whaley Bridge – the M60 and M56 links at Stockport, with access to the Greater Manchester ring road; the M6 at Sandbach(J17) or Knutsford (J19); and the M 1 near Chesterfield(J29) or Derby (J25).
Many canal boat owners use Whaley Bridge and its canal basin as a destination or mooring place. The Peak Forest Canal is especially beautiful in the narrow, wooded valley which is the setting for our town. The Toddbrook reservoir, within the parish boundary, is used by yachtsmen.
Manchester Airport, the third biggest in the UK, with many international, charter and domestic flights, is the nearest airport to Whaley Bridge and just 40mins away by Taxi. East Midlands Airport, just off the M1 south of Derby, is also accessible for many flights.