Saddleworth in Oldham has been named one of the best places to live in the North West.
It's been included on a list of eight locations in the region chosen by The Sunday Times newspaper, in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.
The comprehensive guide has been released online today (Friday) and will be available in the paper on Sunday.
The Sunday Times’s expert judges behind the guide assess a wide range of factors, from schools, air quality, transport and broadband speeds to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street.
They look for improving towns, villages or city centres, for attractive, well designed homes and locations bursting with community spirit - which the pandemic has shown to be the most vital quality of all.
A detailed breakdown of house prices has been supplied by data specialists TwentyCi and information on internet speeds has been supplied by Thinkbroadband.com, the UK’s leading independent guide to broadband.
Apart from the regional winner, the other locations are not ranked, but listed in alphabetical order.
The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021: Northwest of England
- Winner: Altrincham, Cheshire
- Arnside and Silverdale, Lancashire
- Bollington, Cheshire
- Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
- Knutsford, Cheshire
The judges said of Saddleworth: "This collection of villages combines old-fashioned country living with high-class shops and restaurants - perfect for Manchester commuters and work-from-homers looking for fresher air without sacrificing the good things of life."
Saddleworth's highlights include the luxury ice cream from Grandpa Greene’s in Diggle and country pubs, such as the Cross Keys Inn, with a barn that has music events — or the Church Inn, where the Rushcart Festival, the big event of the year, is celebrated in jolly style.
A general view of Saddleworth. Photo: Nigel Wood.