We are located on the A54, (Congleton to Buxton Road). One mile south of the Bosley Cross Roads, (where the A54 crosses the A523).
From Bosley Cross Roads take the road to Congleton over the canal, over an old railway bridge and we are the second farm entrance on the left with a big boulder at the bottom of the drive on a right hand bend.
From Congleton Town Centre follow signs for Buxton A54. After approximately 3 miles you will come to traffic lights on a narrow bridge over the River Dane, carry on along this road under the Railway viaduct and the property can be found as the next driveway on the right hand side with a large boulder at the bottom of the drive on the bend and the Oaklands sign.
If on the M6 leave at Sandbach (junction 17) turning right towards Congleton on the A534.
Pass the Sand Quarries; Congleton Sand is a very high quality silica sand even exported to the Arabs!
Congleton is approximately six miles from the M6. Popular legend has it that the town's bible was once sold to rais money to buy a new Bear (for the old sport of bear-baiting), the old one having inconsiderately died shortly before the annual Wakes.
When in Congleton drive through the town following the signs to Buxton and the A54. On the edge of the town you go over a canal bridge. Part of the Macclesfield Canal the canal was built by the famous engineer Thomas Telford at the end of the canal boom in 1830.
When you're into open countryside again the road twists and turns and passes the Robin Hood a white public house on the right. It was once used as a court house for dispatching sentences on the locals.
Keep on the main road over the Macclesfield Canal again, over the stone pack-horse bridge on the River Dane (traffic lights on either side). You're now in North Rode. The building by the river on the right is Colley Mill.
You stay on the main road and start to rise up. Across the fields on the right is North Rode viaduct built 1847. The stone used to adorn the frieze, cornice, parapet, river piers and facings of the abutments in the railway arches and also forming the canal locks further up the road was quarried from the hillside across the valley. Rising to a thousand feet the stone came down from Bosley Cloud in a wide groove scored into the hillside by the rock-carrying aerial rope-way cradles.
Under the railway arches and the drive entrance is on the first bend with a large boulder sat in the verge. The boulder is from the edge of our wood above the River Dane it was brought down by ice sheets during the last ice age from the Lake District. The ice mass finished at the wood edge where the sub soils change from heavy clay to gravel.