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Weekday Wander - Stalybridge

Wednesday 3 May 2023

For April we plan to return to Stalybridge both because it is a grand place to visit, but also because, for those taking up the Mild Challenge, there is the potential to pick up no less than three stickers. With a train approximately every half hour from Manchester to Stalybridge and trains from Stockport entering the main body of Piccadilly, travel time is only about 40 minutes.

There is a varied offering of pubs, from one which maintains "traditional" afternoon closing, a micro-bar [which brews its own beer], a traditional local and the legendary Station Buffet Bar. You can also sample the experience of taking your chippy bought food into a pub. Because the Wharf Tavern doesn't do food they allow you to take your chips bought from the shop next door in to the pub. This can result in "Last orders" being called twice, once for the chip shop and the second for the pub! When entering Bridge Beers you may be confused thinking you have entered the wrong pub because you will be able to see the original signboard from the Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn, not to be confused with the New Old Thirteenth Cheshire...   which we pass after leaving the station — this is a modern imposter! The Wander is planned to end at the famous Station Buffet Bar, but for the adventurous Mild Magic enthusiast there is the potential to catch the train one more stop and bag Mossley, where there are a potential two extra stickers on offer! 

11:10am11:15amMeet on the platform, Stockport Station
11:15am11:25amNorthern train to Manchester Piccadilly
11:35am11:50amTransPennine train Piccadilly Station to Stalybridge
12:00pm13:20pmWharf Tavern77 Caroline Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1PDYes and No! See below
13:30pm14:50pmBridge Beers55 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2JJNo
15:00pm16:00pmWhite House1 Water Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2AGNo
16:05am17:10pmStation Buffet BarRassbottom Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1RFYes
17:23pm17:39pmTransPennine train from Stalybridge Station to Piccadilly
17:55pm18:06pmAvanti train from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Stockport

The Wharf Tavern doesn't do food, but there is an arrangement with the chip shop next door that their food can be eaten in if you are also drinking!

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