Go mad for it in Manchester
Peaceful Middlewich sits in the blissful heart of sleepy Chesire. But for a completely different pace, vibrant Manchester is less than an hour away. Start your day exploring the quirky Northern Quarter, taking a coffee break in one of the hip cafes on Oldham Street. Later, enjoy a curry at one of the atmospheric restaurants along the famous 'Curry Mile'. Night owls can head to Deansgate for glitz and glamour.
Canalside strolls and waterside pubs
It may be small, but Middlewich packs a big punch when it comes to traditional pubs. First, try a relaxing canalside walk along the Trent and Mersey, with fine views of the historic St Michael and All Angels church, dating to the late 15th century. Then head for the Kings Lock Inn, where you can enjoy a beer watching barges operating the centuries-old canal lock. Head further into town along the canal and stop off at The Narrowboat for gastropub grub.
Breathtaking scenery in the Peak District
The UK's very first national park is less than an hour from Middlewich. Perfect for cycling, walking and wildlife watching, the Peaks attract millions of visitors each year. For stunning views, get your boots on and head up Kinder Scout. Chatsworth House is one of England's finest country estates, and sits outside the charming market town of Bakewell, home of the delicious, eponymous tart. Looking for cheap accommodation in Middlewich? Travelodge Middlewich Hotel is just on the edge of town, offering easy access to the canal and good road links. Further south, Travelodge Crewe Hotel is convenient for West Coast Main Line rail links.