Bordering Wilmslow in one direction, Bramhall in another, and Poynton in another, Woodford is also within easy reach of Stockport and its ever-improving old town. Well-appointed is an understatement.

Location, Location, Location

Woodford is undeniably desirably located, surrounded as it is by picturesque countryside yet within walking distance of Bramhall’s thriving and ever so well-equipped village centre. Cheadle Hulme is also within easy reach – which, along with Wilmslow and Poynton - means THREE Waitrose stores close by. The uber-convenient bypass and the mainline railway, as well as Manchester’s international airport (which is just minutes away via the bypass), deliver unrivalled transport links.

Who wouldn’t want to settle in pretty, pastoral Woodford, where the rolling beauty of Cheshire meets the edges of up-and-coming Stockport and metropolitan Manchester? Live in the heart of lush countryside, near the river Dean, and with breathtaking views over the Cheshire Plain and the Peak District beyond, plus easy access to everything the nearby villages offer. Then, for business or socialising, a short train ride takes you to the beating heart of England’s second city. Unarguably, the best of both worlds.

Old Meets New in Woodford

Woodford has a rich history, dating back to the 12th century when it was first mentioned in historical records. Once a thriving agricultural community and collection of tiny hamlets, farming was the main source of income for the local population.

Over the centuries, the village has gone through many changes, but it has retained much of its traditional charm and character as well as abundant farmland – and livestock. Several livery yards in Woodford mean that the charming clip-clop sound of horse’s hooves on tarmac can be heard most days. The relatively recent addition of the bypass and some welcomed traffic calming measures mean far fewer vehicles and especially trucks, making Woodford.

Eat and Drink in Woodford

Once a hamlet on the furthest reach of the vast Macclesfield Forest, and forming part of the parish of Prestbury, Woodford joined the outer edge of Stockport borough in 1974. The river Dean forms the geographical border with Cheshire. The Deanwater hotel, once a mill, sits proudly above the river, denoting the border with Wilmslow and thus Cheshire and has – in this incarnation at least – always been a popular venue for weddings, events, and even afternoon tea and dining.

The Deanwater is joined by the traditional Davenport Arms (historically known as the Thief’s Neck, and home of superb home cooking) and the recently opened Aviator Inn (part of the same group as Bramhall’s exceptional Crown & Conspirator) as local watering holes. Just over the border into Wilmslow is the Unicorn, and heading towards Mottram St Andrew, there’s a superb farm shop. Sunday lunch and summer barbecues are about to become better than ever…

Woodford Has Everything You Need

In terms of amenities, other than those all-important hostelries and eateries, Woodford has plenty more that residents need. A popular convenience store, long known as Woodford’s, stocks all the essentials (the pies and cakes are an absolute treat) and has plenty of parking. Notcutt’s, the garden centre, has everything you need, not just for the garden, but for all manner of outdoor pursuits – and, bonus, a lovely restaurant, too.

Woodford is particularly perfect for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding countryside, with footpaths winding everywhere. The area is popular with walkers and cyclists, with several designated trails and routes in the vicinity, as well as the aforementioned equestrians. There are also two cricket clubs based in Woodford, a golf course, and fishing spots nearby. That’s on top of the many rugby, football, golf, tennis, and cricket clubs in the surrounding villages.

Practical and Perfect

Overall, Woodford is a charming, small-but-perfectly-formed village, with a rich history and plenty of amenities to suit modern living. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and within easy reach of other villages and towns, Woodford is perfect. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to retire, or a vibrant community to raise a family, Woodford has something to offer everyone. There are immense detached houses, old farms, barn conversions, sturdy 1930s semis and latterly, the new Woodford Garden Village, built on the site of the famous British Aerospace works. Literally, something for everyone. Life is good in Woodford.

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