In the Wildboarclough region on the edge of the Peak District, Blaze Farm nestles in a beautiful location. Hovis filmed their advert here in 2011 and you can absolutely see why! Blaze is a traditional dairy farm and the Hilly Billy Ice Cream sold in the little shop is made using milk from their own herd – the ice cream alone is worth making a detour for!
There aren’t loads of animals to see but enough to please most toddlers; a donkey, a couple of pigs, goats, calves and a few hens. The main attraction for us was the nature trail. We enjoyed a 20 minute amble round the clearly-marked trail admiring the views accompanied, much to Ted’s delight, by Scrabble the farm’s cat. There is a longer trail for older children which splits off about half way round; the walk is mostly pushchair friendly but due to a stile, you will have to turn back at one point. A duck pond signals the end of the walk – don’t forget the bread! You can also purchase bags of chicken feed in the shop for 20p.
There is a freshwater stream to wash your wellies before heading inside for a cup of tea and cake. The tea rooms offer a delicious-sounding menu of soup, toasties, a traditional ploughmans lunch and apple pie. The new ‘Afternoon Tea’ looks fab and worth popping in for! This is a lovely family-run working farm which doesn’t charge an entry fee; they make money from the tea rooms and ice cream so no need for a picnic. Events run through the year, including lambing and sheep-shearing
Tues-Sun & Bank Holidays 10am-5.30pm. Admission freeBlaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 0BL Tel: 01260 227229 blazefarm.com