The town of Whaley Bridge is a pretty and conveniently located town in the heart of the High Peak. Known locally as the 'Gateway to the Goyt Valley' the town provides easy access to this area of outstanding natural beauty that is popular with hikers, tourists and those seeking more adventurous sports. Located just 18 miles from Manchester, Whaley Bridge is easy to get to from any part of the UK and is perfect for a short break to 'get away from it all', or for a longer stay to fully enjoy the beautiful scenery and attractions that the local area provides.
The town lies at the end of the Peak Forest canal, which runs parallel to the main railway and allows many of the town's visitors to arrive via narrow boat or other water-going craft. Around the canal basin are many points of historical interest. This area is the location for one of the town's most popular local events, the Whaley Water Weekend, which is held in June each year and is followed a week later by the annual Rose Queen Carnival, which starts at the basin and parades up into the town centre.
The centre of the town has an eclectic mix of shops offering a pleasant alternative to big city supermarket shopping. There are many excellent pubs and some very high quality restaurants to enjoy as well as a popular cyber cafe, a unique community centre and a modern sports centre.