Radcliffe is a small town set on the banks of the river Irwell, just 6.5 miles north of Manchester city centre and is one of the most popular towns in Greater Manchester when it comes to volume of property sales, which is why there are so many new properties being built in the town. We take a look at some of the reasons why here:
There are some fantastic restaurants both in the town centre and on the outskirts, with Armaan and Shahbaaz Curry Cottage leading the way for Eastern cuisine. If you are a fan of Italian food then Italia Mia in the town centre and La Roma in Stoneclough are well worth visiting.
If a more traditional English meal is what you are looking for then The Horseshoe in Stoneclough is a lovely quiet spot with a real country feel to it.
There are some great café’s in the town centre including Marie’s in the town square offering fantastic home cooking while both Newbank garden centre and Bradley Fold garden centre have bistros which are open 7 days a week.
If you are a fan of the outdoors then Radcliffe certainly has a lot to offer, whether you are looking for a park to take the children to – like the ones at Coronation Park and Bolton Road Park or a stroll round the historic Radcliffe Tower and then onto the spacious Close Park which is next door.
If you are a dog owner then Withins reservoir and Elton reservoir are popular walks and also along the Manchester Bury & Bolton canal. If you want to get on your bike or go for a long run there is the Irwell Trail which starts at Asda in the centre of town and leads all the way past Stoneclough, through Philips Park to Drinkwater Park.
As expected from a small town there is a fantastic sense of community in Radcliffe. There is a wonderful carnival in the summer which works its way through the town and settles on Red Bank Fields, and in December the Rotary Club send a Santa train around town.
There are mother & baby groups at St Andrews church and also Funtastic play centre while there are more activities for children at Jungle Mayhem and Paint-a-pot in the centre of town which is an independent family run art & craft centre.
There is a council run library in the town centre and also a Wellness centre.
Sports & Leisure
There is leisure centre which has a gym, swimming pool and a wide range of exercise classes, this is also where Radcliffe Athletic Club meet for their Monday and Wednesday run session. RAC are a large, friendly club and have runners of all ages and abilities and is a great place to meet like minded runners.
There are a number of martial arts clubs and also dance centres including Freak Dance who ‘aim to bring out the best in all of our students, not only in dance and the arts but in confidence and personal and social skills.’
There is also Radcliffe Borough Football club who are in the The EVO-STIK North league and Radcliffe Cricket Club who have teams from under 9’s to the first team.
Radcliffe is in a fantastic place for transport links with fantastic access routes to the neighbouring towns. There is a Metrolink in the town centre with a 2-storey car park that will take you to Bury in 3 minutes and Manchester city centre in 20 minutes. The bus station was recently modernised and has regular links to Bury, Bolton, Whitefield & Manchester.
If you are looking to commute further afield by car you have the M66, M61, M62 & M60 motorways all within a few miles drive.
Having originally been an old mining town means the town is was predominantly made up of terraced properties but there are now some very family orientated estates such as the Cams Lane estate and Moss Shaw Way which are made up of mostly 3 bedroom semi detached houses with some bungalows. You then have the Greendale Drive estate, Greenbank Drive & Donnington/Launceston Roads which have larger 3 & 4-bedroom detached properties on.
In the last 5 years there have been over 600 new properties build and there are further developments in the pipeline to cater for the growing popularity of the area.
Property values in Radcliffe are still some of the best in the area with terraced properties selling for between £80,000 to £125,000, semi-detached from £125,000 to £175,000 and detached properties from £180,000 to £300,000 while apartments can be purchased from £75,000 to £130,000.
Armaan – http://www.armaanonline.co.uk
Italia Mia – http://www.italiamiamanchester.co.uk
La Roma – http://laromarestaurant.co.uk
Irwell Sculpture Trail – http://www.irwellsculpturetrail.co.uk
The Wellness Centre – http://twctherapy.co.uk
Paint A Pot – https://www.facebook.com/pg/paintapotradcliffe/about
Funtastic – http://www.funtastic.org.uk
Jungle Mayhem – http://www.junglemayhem.co.uk
Radcliffe AC – http://www.radcliffeac.org.uk
Radcliffe Leisure Centre – https://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11379