Holmes Chapel Viaduct and Swettenham Village

Cultural Landscape




After fresh snowfall it is hard to imagine a more idyllic representation of the English Countryside than the meandering River Dane below the viaduct at Holmes Chapel. Completed in 1842, the twenty arch viaduct carries the main Crewe-Manchester railway line to this day.

Adjacent to the sinuous River Dane, a footpath runs upstream to the secluded hamlet of Swettenham. This tiny village oozes character. With a lengthy history, the village has various features that endear it to the visitor. The village church is encompassed by a lane that runs round all four sides. The Swettenham Arms pub, located a short distance from the church, is a very popular place for food and drink in the area. With a rolling menu, the pub caters for light lunches and main meals, as well as menus for Christmas parties and other events.

Also located in the village is the Quinta arboretum, created by Sir Bernard Lovell, FRS subsequent to his purchase of the land in 1948. Now owned by the Tatton Garden society, the arboretum houses an impressive array of magnificent trees.

Nearby Attractions

Jodrell Bank: one of Cheshire’s most widely recognised landmarks, Jodrell Bank has most recently been used as a backdrop to the film adaptation of “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”. An important research centre, there is a variety of activities available to visitors. See website for details: www.jb.man.ac.uk  

The Swettenham Arms pub: A typical Cheshire pub serving good food and drink. See Website: www.swettenhamarms.co.uk  

Brereton Heath Country Park: a short distance away, the Park has many activities to offer. With orienteering, angling or canoeing on offer, there is always something to satisfy the energetic.

Quinta arboretum: This site in Swettenham is 30 acres. See Website: www.tattongardensociety.co.uk/