|From:||Holmes Chapel (SJ762673)|
|Distance:||6.4 miles (10.3 km)|
|Meets:||A50, B5392, A537, B5359|
|Old route now:||B5359|
|Route outline (key)|
The A535 is a non-primary road which runs for about 6 miles through some undulating Cheshire countryside. Until the Alderley Edge Bypass opened on the A34 opened in November 2010, the road continued northward for another 2.5 miles into Alderley Edge. This section is now part of the B5359.
Holmes Chapel – Chelford
The road begins in the small Cheshire town of Holmes Chapel at a double mini-roundabout with the A50 and B5308. The first half-mile eastwards is within the urban area but it soon enters open countryside. The road is 50mph limited as it descends to cross the River Dane, with the impressive Twemlow Viaduct, carrying the Crewe to Manchester line beside. The next couple of miles are very twisty and undulating until Twemlow Green.
After reaching the hamlet of Twemlow Green, now subject to a 30 mph limit, the road opens out with a mile-long straight section at 50 mph. By the end of this straight, perhaps the most famous landmark along this stretch of road is in view - the 76 metre-wide, 90 metre-tall, Grade I listed Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank. Built in the 1950s, it's still one of the largest fully-steerable radio telescopes in the world.
The telescope dish remains in view as we go through a series of tight bends followed by short or medium length straights, all now restricted to 30 mph at Jodrell Bank.
The final section of road after Jodrell Bank is 50 mph, and enters with a long straight section, as the road passes two large houses, Withington Hall on the right, followed by Astle Hall on the left. In the grounds of Astle Hall, Astle Park, there are several annual events each year; perhaps the most well attended is the annual 1000 Engine Steam Rally each August.
At the end of the straight, the limit drops to 40mph as the village of Chelford is reached - and the end of the road at the Chelford Roundabout. Traffic can continue from here along the A537 towards either Macclesfield or Knutsford, or along the B5359 towards Alderley Edge, which the A535 itself used to do.