Abney Hall Park
Abney Hall Park has been one of Cheadle’s best kept secrets for generations. A fantastic expanse of parkland, with wonderful views, excellent footpaths, a rich array of wildlife, an extraordinary history, and all within a couple of minutes walk of the centre of the village.
Despite nearby developments in recent years, it remains a beautifully tranquil place to spend some quiet time and that is why many more local people are now coming to enjoy the area.
Every day, all year round, dog walkers, exercise enthusiasts, amateur photographers, mums, dads and kids, as well as office workers and even care home residents, can now be seen enjoying the peace and quiet that the park provides.
But in recent years, there has been another significant development. Local residents, Kate and Steve Peacock, have not only turned a small, old, derelict shed into a thriving cafe, they have also created an indoor space which is full of life, colour, art and history, so local people, and especially children, can learn and appreciate a lot more about Abney and its past.
Abney Hall Park has been part of Kate’s life since childhood and having spent several years pushing Stockport Council to get permission to open a cafe, and additional time sorting out on-going lease issues, she has turned the old shed into something which is now extremely popular amongst the hundreds of visitors to the park each day.
She is also passionate about making many more improvements to the cafe building and is just as passionate about ensuring the park itself continues to have a bright and prosperous future -whether it is looked after by the council, or by her loyal band of park friends and supporters.