The Stanley Arms is close to the city of Manchester, and the local towns of
Buxton, Macclesfield, Congleton and the borders of three counties
- Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Standing outside our front door and looking directly ahead, you can see the view along the valley, with Shutlingsloe Hill in the distance. It has been said that a local farmer once drove his landrover to the top, but I do not know if this is true.
What I do know is that, at 1600 feet above sea level, the view is amazing, looking out over Wildboarclough village and some hamlets with quaint names such as Danebridge, Wincle, Kerridge, Kettleshulme, Lamaload and almost over to the famous Goyt Valley and its associated reservoirs.
The river Goyt rises on the moors near the Cat and Fiddle, and flows down through steep cloughs (valleys) to feed Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs.
The river Goyt eventually merges with the Etherow and the Tame at Stockport, to form the river Mersey. Fernilee was completed in 1938 at a cost of £480,000, with a capacity of 4,940 million litres.
Errwood was completed almost thirty years later in 1967, at a cost of ?1.5 million, with a capacity of 4,215 million litres. That is inflation for you – a little smaller, but three times the cost – oh well!
Standing outside our front door and looking to your left, you can see the Cat and Fiddle on the skyline to the left hand side of the picture.
It is either the highest, or the second highest Public House in England. I believe there is a pub in the Lake District which claims to be ten feet higher!
This is our beer garden, where people enjoy sitting outside on those balmy summer days and evenings, enjoying the scenery, their favourite tipple, and safe in the knowledge that great food is available if hunger strikes.
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