The great town of Congleton is another brilliant market town located near Cheshire’s Peak District. It’s known locally as ‘Bear Town’ due to an old legend that Congleton sold its bible to pay for a new, more aggressive bear (in the 1620s, bear-baiting was extremely popular). Folk artist, John Tams sang ‘Congleton Rare, Congleton Rare, Sold the Bible to buy a bear’ in his folk song ‘Congleton Bear’.
Congleton is home to one of the oldest rugby union clubs in the country dating back to 1860. The club currently holds the world record for the longest continuous game of rugby ever played; 24 hours, 30 minutes and 6 seconds.
The town has a famous paddling pool which was built in the 1930s and is open to the public over summer. Another great area of interest is Astbury Mere County Park which is on the site of a former sand quarry. The lake is now commonly used for fishing and sailing.
Why not visit Little Moreton Hall or Capesthorne Hall for a wonderful Cheshire day out and really feel like a part of history! You can stroll along the River Dane, cycle the Biddulph Valley Way or dare to walk the atmospheric ruins of Mow Cop castle.
As night falls, Congleton’s town comes alive with its fantastic pub culture and choice of trendy up and coming bars; there really is something for everyone. The restaurants are popular among the community and diners from surrounding areas flock to the town to try out the choices of cuisine.
Have a look at some recently transformed gardens below.