why the North West is a great place to live
Happiness –Northern towns dominate the polls for happiness across the board, whether it’s the higher standard of living, more to do, cheaper housing or friendlier neighbours. Why wouldn’t you want to be happier?!
Money – Money makes the world go round. While you may earn slightly more in the capital, the lower house prices and a reduced cost of living make the North West a much more affordable place to live. Think cheaper houses, cheaper bills and much cheaper beers!
You’re never far from the great outdoors/arts/food/shopping/culture scene – whatever it is that takes your fancy, you’ll never be far away; and with all those extra pennies you’ll save by being in the north, you’ll be able to enjoy it too! Even in the middle of Manchester, you’re only a short journey from the beautiful peak district. If its music you’re into; the North West has several of the most vibrant music scenes and live venues so you won’t be disappointed.
You’re not the only one – the relocation of the BBC to Salford is just one of many big organisations moving their workforce ‘up north’. So if you’re a southerner starting a new northern adventure, there will be lots of other people in the same boat as you.
Friendliness – It sounds like a bit of cliché, but people really are friendlier in the north. Whether it’s just a quick hello on the train, or a bit of a laugh in the shops, you’ll always be near a friendly face.
Cheshire is a county in North West England, bordering Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south and Wales to the west Cheshire's county town is Chester and the largest town is Warrington.
Quaint towns and villages can be found dotted throughout the largely unspoilt rural landscape that blossoms all year round and especially during the summer months. Meanwhile, the City of Chester provides top-class shopping, entertainment and dining opportunities.
Cheshire’s Peak District encompasses nearly 100 square miles of inspiring scenery that includes the world renowned Peak District National Park. The area also includes the Gritstone Trail, a 35 mile walking route taking in wild moorland, rocky outcrops, impressive peaks and breath-taking scenery.
The county has a population of around 1 million. It is mostly rural, with a number of small towns and villages supporting the agricultural and other industries which produce Cheshire cheese, salt, chemicals and silk.
Cheshire's Peak District has a number of market towns dotted throughout the area and culture and heritage.
Cheshire has many attractions to visit and explore, all within a short distance of each other.
Walk out of work into England’s largest national park and enjoy the freedom of England’s highest mountains on your doorstep. Fish, play or picnic by cool, clear lakes and magical mountain tarns, and be part of a thriving Lake District community. There are villages with inviting country pubs and towns that burst into life on market day. If you like the great outdoors you’ll find Cumbria is a great place to live and work.
Cumbria has it all, tourists flock to walk and climb the fells, to explore the beautiful villages and market towns. But it’s not just breathtaking lakes and hills - away from the lakes there are bustling centres filled with shops and brimming with life, most notably the city of Carlisle and the coastal town of Whitehaven. Carlisle is an historic place with a unique Victorian market which is home to year round events including international food fairs. Whitehaven is a bustling town and regularly plays host to one of the country's biggest Tall Ships events.
If you are seeking to relocate to Cumbria the Trust may be able to offer you a relocation package if you take up a position in stations in West Cumbria.
Lancashire is a county in the north west of England with a population of 1,449,300 and an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 km2).
It has something for everyone, from the theme parks and beaches of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to the stunning countryside of the Ribble Valley and Lune Valley, perfect for walking and cycling. It is home to unique and wildlife rich Morecambe Bay in the north and the flat and fertile coastal plains around Ormskirk and the Ribble Estuary. It also offers undulating fells and moorland of the Forest of Bowland and Pennines in the east.
In March 2014, Lancashire towns Clitheroe and Ramsbottom featured in the Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live top 10’, which takes into account transport links, quality of schools and natural beauty. The towns were also graded on their low crime rates, property prices, cultural life and unemployment figures.
Lancashire emerged during the Industrial Revolution as a major commercial and industrial region and the county encompassed several hundred mill towns and collieries. By the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire.
There are high profile football clubs based in Lancashire; Premier League’s Burnley and the Championship’s Blackburn rover and Blackpool.
Liverpool is a city unlike any other, and there are some experiences that just can’t be found anywhere else.
With many tourist attractions, Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican), the largest in Britain, is truly magnificent in scale and design, whilst the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (Catholic) has vast swathes of coloured glass which produces wonderful light inside the building.
Liverpool is officially the World Capital of Pop, with more #1 records than any other city. Explore musical heritage in the Beatles Story or Cavern Club. In addition the city is very proud of its nightlife, both due to the variety and quality on offer. From superclubs to pubs with dogs, a thriving gay quarter to comedy venues on the waterfront, dance warehouses to concept bars, Liverpool at night has many faces. Many venues, restaurants and coffee shops now use locally-sourced produce, whether that’s Knowsley lamb, Wirral asparagus or regionally-brewed beer.
If you’re into sport, the city region boasts three historic football clubs; Everton and Liverpool are two of the Premier League’s finest, while Wirral’s Tranmere Rovers play in League One. St Helens (Saints) is the most successful rugby league club of the Super League era, and Aintree and Haydock racecourses offer top-quality racing including the world-famous Grand National Festival at Aintree each spring. Liverpool is also home to England’s Golf Coast - 12 of the finest golf courses in Britain, including three Open Championship venues.
In short, Manchester is a renowned city of firsts and one of the most popular cities in the UK. Not only that but it was also recently voted one of the best places in the world to live by Lonely Planet.
The Northern Quarter, Manchester Art Gallery, The John Ryland’s Library, The Museum of Science & Industry, The Imperial War Museum, The Lowry, The People’s History Museum, Manchester Museum, are just a few of the many attractions Manchester has to offer.
Manchester has an impressive amount of independent watering holes and dining has exploded over recent years. The Manchester Food & Drink Festival is now a firm calendar favourite and more events are happening year on year.
Within the Greater Manchester area you have the perfect mix of the buzz of the cosmopolitan aspects city, with semi-rural locations close by. Staff who prefer the option of a quieter lifestyle and can live in close proximity to the vibrancy of Manchester by settling in the surrounding suburbs. This option is particularly popular for those with families, as the suburbs around Greater Manchester boast excellent schools, a wide range of shops and leisure facilities, with excellent transport links in and out of the city.