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Wales and accessible transport

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morethanpotatoprints Mon 11-May-15 13:26:20

I know it is a Country in itself, but can anybody suggest any areas that are accessible via train from Manchester?

We are looking to move somewhere in Wales but need a train commute to Manchester, preferably within an hour or so.

Just ideas of general areas would be fine, if anybody can help.

RCheshire Mon 11-May-15 13:32:48

Your question confused me as I can't see how there can be any part of wales within 1hr train of manchester - is there? Even Chester to Manchester is 1hr 15 best case.

paxtecum Mon 11-May-15 13:36:15

You could go in a helicoptor.

Wrexham is 1hour 45mins to Manchester by train

paxtecum Mon 11-May-15 13:37:49

Bangor, Gwynedd to Manchester is 2hrs 30mins and more.

DuelingFanjo Mon 11-May-15 13:39:59

[ here]] maybe?

DuelingFanjo Mon 11-May-15 13:40:17

here I mean

paxtecum Mon 11-May-15 13:40:33

You could live just in Wales, somewhere like Overton-on Dee area, car to Whitchurch Shropshire (15 mins) then train to Manchester, which is 1hr 5 mins.

RCheshire Mon 11-May-15 13:51:49

Yes the best I can do is about 1hr 20. Right on the welsh border driving to Crewe and getting a 40 min train to Manc. That's still 1hr 40 allowing for hitting crewe and parking though...

morethanpotatoprints Mon 11-May-15 14:01:10

Thank you for the suggestions.
I'm not sure if it wil be doable.
The commute would only be twice a week to drop off dd and pick her up from school.
I suppose 2 hours would be fine at a push, but one of the days would be sunday, hence why I think it might not be doable.
we love Wales and would love to live there, we always said we would.
Now we have signed dd up for school there and there are no alternatives.
sometimes dh could drive there but couldn't rely on this permanently.
I'll start rightmove searches now, many thanks thanks

morethanpotatoprints Mon 11-May-15 14:10:16

Just look at this OMG its lovely. what views!

specialsubject Mon 11-May-15 15:38:45

I think you need to do a little more research on that a start, the access to Newbridge will be very entertaining in ice or snow. There's also a microclimate issue.

there are other reasons to do more research too.

Wales and trains don't really go together, a chap called Beeching is responsible for that and it will never improve. Forget the free prescriptions and look for somewhere within sensible distance of where you need to be. You can still get lovely places; and visit all the delights of Wales too.

RCheshire Mon 11-May-15 15:58:10

Have you looked at mid West Cheshire - places like Malpas, Tattenhall, Farndon, Tarporley? Still not great for the train but know a bit of time off and no distance from Wales (Farndon is the other side of a bridge)

paxtecum Mon 11-May-15 16:18:32

It is amazing how house prices drop once you are over the border from Cheshire into Wales, even just a few hundred yards.
There is a real snob value to living in Cheshire.

Try Talwrn Green, Overton, Hanmer, Penley, Bronnington.
All very close to Whitchurch Station but cheaper than Cheshire, though not the wonderful views that you get further into Wales.

Newbridge has a rubbish dump closeby so beware.

RCheshire Mon 11-May-15 16:25:16

Yes, Holt the other side of that bridge from Farndom is noticeably cheaper and in reality the two villages merge.

paxtecum Mon 11-May-15 17:23:44

Ellesmere is lovely, it's just in North Shropshire. All lovely and green but sorry, no mountains!

morethanpotatoprints Mon 11-May-15 18:14:24

I was born and raised in Nantwich Cheshire and also loved Chester and these areas, also love Tarvin.
however, unless we seriously downsized, we couldn't afford to live there. We don't mind a bit smaller as one dc left already and ds2 is 20. But we'd end up with a shoe box in this area.

Maybe you have a point there. I will look at different areas. We usually blindfold each other after drawing a circle in the area we want to be.
We ended up in Norwich last time grin and spent 12 years there.
Dh has done some work in LLandudno and Colwyn Bay recently and driving through NW fell in love with the area.

SquinkiesRule Mon 11-May-15 19:31:29

The whole North Wales coast is linked to the trains to Manchester (may need to change at Chester or is it Crewe), we used to go and visit family in Manchester often.
Train stations all along on the way to the ferry in Holyhead to get to Ireland.
Small lines off the main one go to Llandudno and up the Conwy Valley to Llanrwst and Blaenau Ffestiniog. I look in the areas around Conwy.

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Tue 12-May-15 07:20:00

Could you not move to somewhere in Wales with a school which would suit your dd?

specialsubject Tue 12-May-15 11:09:56

quite understand why you would love the area; but you can't get to Manchester in an hour.

RCheshire Tue 12-May-15 11:50:58

And to be honest, if you could it would be an awful lot more expensive!

Milllli Wed 13-May-15 00:26:29

I live in North Wales Morethan. In the mountains, looking out over the sea. I love it. Welsh speaking area/Welsh schools though so that would need to be taken into consideration if you moved into the similar Welsh speaking areas. Im an hour from Llandudno towards Porthmadog. Llandudno and Colwyn Bay would be ideal as it is not so Welsh speaking but still beautiful.

morethanpotatoprints Wed 13-May-15 13:36:57

Hello again.

Unfortunately, moving schools isn't possible. it took her two auditions to be accepted, it's a specialist school that she'll attend until 18.


I love N.Wales it's so beautiful. The countryside and mountains, ah I know I would love it.
Although I love the sea it wouldn't be a deciding factor in the choice of area, but lovely views, mountains etc would be.

At present we are East Lancs/ Greater Manchester, and the prices seem the same or a bit cheaper in Wales.

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