Nestled in the River Dean valley, this pretty Cheshire village is surrounded by some of the county’s most spectacular countryside. Once a coal-mining community, its main industry is now agriculture, making it a peaceful base from which to discover Cheshire and across the border, into Derbyshire. On the village’s doorstep, wild hills, woods and farmland are a paradise for outdoor pursuits. Most Rainow holiday cottages are in or near the road which runs southward to Macclesfield and northeast, into the heart of the Peak District National Park. In the village centre, on Millers Meadow, Moorland Adventure offers canoeing and kayaking tours in the neigbouring countryside. On Church Lane, right on the edge of the national park, the Robin Hood is a charming country pub where good food and local ales can be enjoyed.
There are a number of interesting historic landmarks to look out for as you explore the village from your Rainow holiday cottage, including Holy Trinity Church, which was built in 1846 and designed by the architect Samuel Howard of Disley. Nearby, Jenkin Chapel was built in 1733, from local gritstone. A mile or two to the east, and well worth a visit on self-catering holidays in Rainow, Lamaload Reservoir is the country’s first concrete reservoir, with the highest dam in England. On Kerridge Hill, overlooking the village, White Nancy is an unusual white-painted structure, built to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. A walk to the hill’s summit is highly recommended, for breathtaking views across the countryside.
During the village’s annual fete, the streets are filled with a variety of scarecrows, and a fiercely contested tug of war is held. Directly to Rainow’s east, the sprawling hills and moorlands of the Peak District are crisscrossed by scenic footpaths. The city of Manchester lies just 17 miles north of the village, and Stoke-on-Trent is 24 miles to the south.