The picturesque town of Alsager lies to the east of Cheshire, near the Staffordshire border.
Hidden away in the town centre is the tree-flanked Alsager Mere. This spring-fed lake, dating from medieval times, was once the focal point of the town.
Today Alsager Mere is almost entirely surrounded by houses, with gardens running down to the waters edge, and is only accessible to the public by two small fenced viewing platforms.
The ancient settlement was mentioned in the Domesday Book but remained a small farming village until the 19th century, when its rural location and rail connections encouraged pottery works managers from nearby Stoke-on-Trent to build their homes here.
Alsager increased in size during World War II when a large armaments factory was built just outside the town.
The Trent and Mersey Canal lies to the north-east of the town and forms part of the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk and the South Cheshire Way footpath.
Walkers, cyclists and horseriders can also follow the Salt Line and Merelake Way from Alsager to Hassall Green, with footpath links to the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Towns Near Alsager To Visit - straight line distance:Kidsgrove (2.73 miles) Sandbach (4.13 miles) Biddulph (5.55 miles) Crewe (5.70 miles)