Knutsford a small Cheshire TownCheshire

Cheshire is located in South Western North West England, just some of the River Mersey and east of the Welsh Border. It has little coastline just round the Wirral Peninsula, it is mostly made up of the Cheshire Plain.

 

 

The cat and fiddle a Cheshire mountain passGeography

Cheshire has a small coastline in the north western corner of the county. The River Mersey and the River Dee both emptying into the Irish Sera on either side of the Wirral peninsula are the counties main Rivers. The bulk of the county is on the Cheshire Plain a southern extension to the Lancashire Plain, however on the east and western side of this plain lie the foothills of the Pennines and the foothills of the Welsh mountains.

 

 

Chester the main city of CheshireCities and Towns

The counties only city is Chester one a historic border city and one of the main tourist centre's of England. Several industrial towns lie close to the River Mersey, the largest being Warrington, others are Runcorn and Ellesmere Port. Crewe in the south of the county is an important railway junction. The county has a number of small pictorial country towns including:- Lymm, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Congleton, Winsford, Middlewich, Nantwich, Northwich and Sandbach

 

 

The Thelwall Viaduct at the heart of the M6 in CheshireThe A6 and M6 in Cheshire

The A6 does go into Cheshire, but you would hardly notice, it enters Cheshire spending just about 3 miles in the eastern part of the county through the small towns of High Lane and Disley before crossing the border into Derbyshire. Before reorganization of the counties in 1974, Stockport and Hazel Grove where included in Cheshire but are now in Greater Manchester.

 

In contrast Cheshire could be described as the heart of the M6, containing the mid point of the M6, one of the largest structures on the M6 the massive Thelwall Viaduct and two very important interchanges with other motorways the M62 and M56. The M6 enters the county just north of Warrington which it bypasses just to the east then continues on a south slightly east course past Knutsford, Holmes Chapel and Sandbach to cross the Staffordshire border near Alsager.