Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
“A relaxing day out in the company of the gentle giants of the equine world” - VisitEngland Assessor
Set in 50 acres of Cheshire countryside, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre is home to the award-winning Cotebrook Shire Horse Stud, the only shire horse stud farm open to the public. Visitors can spend time with these magnificent horses, as well as a small group of charming Shetland ponies. There’s also a nature walk, a cafe and a gift shop.
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Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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