The town of Stockport is 12 kilometres outside of Manchester, which makes this an easily accessible destination. If travelling to Stockport from the north of the UK a change is often required at Manchester with a short onward journey or about 10 minutes to Stockport. York to Stockport for example, takes around 1 hour 40 minutes with a change at Manchester, and the Edinburgh to Stockport service also has the same change. Trans Pennine Express offer both these journeys. Virgin trains provide a direct service on a regular basis during weekdays and weekends from London Euston with a journey time of just under 2 hours. Crosscountry Trains also run a regular direct service to Stockport for Birmingham which takes around 1.5 hours. From the southwest of the UK, Crosscountry Trains provide a direct service from Bristol to Stockport with a journey time of a little under 3 hours.
The town of Stockport is surrounded by breathtaking countryside, brilliant if you enjoy walks, wildlife and stunning views. There are 14 nature reserves in and around Stockport, including the 240 acre Etherow Country Park and Reddish Vale Country park, where bird watching and rambling are both popular pursuits. Another nearby rural attraction is Marple Locks, a flight of sixteen locks situated on the Peak Forest Canal. Within the town itself, there are a host of historic landmarks. The 34 metre high Stockport Viaduct carries trains across the river Mersey, whilst various listed buildings such as the Town Hall and Underbank Hall are all of architectural interest.