I am doing the Manchester Midnight 10km in June in aid of the local cancer hospice and I am busy exercising and getting myself ready, fast walking, exercise biking, aqua aerobics. What better place then for a brisk up and down walk than the beautiful former mill hamlet of Styal in Cheshire, England. I went there this afternoon and did about an hour's brisk waking in crisp Spring Cheshire air.
I consider myself very blessed to live where I do. I am within a few miles of several beautiful locations and some bustling cities too.
Styal is a hamlet/ village on the River Bollin in Cheshire, England. The history of Styal was determined by Quarry Bank Mill . The mill, village and woods are owned by The National Trust. Mill owner Samuel Greg had the village built for his workers.
It was remarkable in its day; a mill out in the countryside clean air and care for the workers at a time when nearby Manchester and Macclesfield mills had workers living and working in desperate conditions. Life was still harsh but easier than in other mills. Samuel Greg had a school, dentist and doctor for his workers and also mill cottages. Plus, there was clean air.
I love it here!