The small town of Congleton lies on the banks of the River Dane, a mere twenty miles south of Manchester. The town centre is roughly twenty-minutes' walk from Congleton station and home to everything you might expect from a town of its size: restaurants, cafes, high-street shops and pubs. For those that didn't pack their walking boots, the area just south of the station, around Biddulph Road, has its own, albeit smaller, selection of pubs, restaurants and shops, including an old-fashioned chippy and a post office.
Congleton train station on the Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent branch of the West Coast Main Line was opened in October 1848. Today, the station is still served by regular passenger services to Stoke-on-Trent, which leave from platform 1 and take around fifteen minutes, as well as an additional service from platform 2 for Manchester Piccadilly, with a journey time of forty minutes.