Thursday, February 09, 2006

How to Find Us

By motorway
The whole of Greater Manchester is encircled by an orbital motorway - the M60. No matter if you are approaching from the north, south, east, or west, you are bound to end up on the M60, which passes by quite close to Westleigh. If you approach from the north, follow the signs for Stockport (and the airport). You can take clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Even if you approach from the west via the M56, this merges with the M60 close to where you need to get off. You are looking for Junction 2, called Stockport West.

Fortunately, there are two unmissable landmarks to help you. One is the Stockport railway viaduct, which becomes visible just before you need to leave the motorway. The other is Stockport's famous giant Pyramid, now occupied by the Co-Operative Bank. Exit at Junction 2 onto a large roundabout (with traffic lights). Get into the nearside lane and take the A 5145 signposted for Didsbury. Follow this road for about half a mile, and go straight through a set of lights at the top of the hill. At the next set of lights, turn right into Mauldeth Road. Go through another set of lights, and one hundred yards further on, Westleigh is immediately in front of you. Turn sharp right into Clifton Road, then immediately left into the gates of Westleigh.

By road
Arriving from the north via Manchester or the south via Stockport, you will end up on the A6. Aim for Heaton Chapel, where the A6 is called Wellington Road North at this point. Turn into Heaton Moor Road and drive for about half a mile through the centre of Heaton Moor, past a Victorian parade of shops, until you come to Clifton Road on your right. Turn right into Clifton Road, drive to the bottom and turn left, then immediately into the gates of Westleigh, which is on your right.

An alternative route from the south is to approach on the A34, coming via Alderley Edge and Wilmslow. In this case, head for the big junction at Parrs Wood, identifiable by a large leisure complex on your right. Follow the signs for Stockport, and turn right into Didsbury Road. After half a mile, at the top of the hill, turn left into Mauldeth Road. Carry on through one set of traffic lights, and after a hundred yards Westleigh is immediately in front of you. Turn sharp right into Clifton Road, then first left into the gates of Westleigh.

Arriving by air
Manchester International Airport is quite close to Westleigh. Ask the taxi driver to take you to Heaton Moor. Clifton Road is just off Heaton Moor Road. The journey will take fifteen to twenty minutes, and it will cost you about that much in pounds, depending on the time of day. If you are being picked up by car, follow these directions.

Exit from the arrivals area and make your way through two or three roundabouts, heading for the nearby M56 motorway. Take the eastbound lane, heading for Stockport. After a couple of miles, the M56 merges with the M60. Exit from the M60 at Junction 2, which is called Stockport West. The Pyramid appears on your right, immediately before Junction 2.

Turn sharp left onto the A5145, signposted for Didsbury. Follow this road for about half a mile, and go straight through a set of lights at the top of the hill. At the next set of lights, turn right into Mauldeth Road. Go through another set of lights, and one hundred yards further on, Westleigh is immediately in front of you. Turn sharp right into Clifton Road, then immediately left into the gates of Westleigh.

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