On the border with Wales lies beautiful Cheshire, a county with distinctive red-stone architecture, part of the Peak District National Park, and open countryside. From farmland and castles to cities and market towns, Cheshire offers many attractions, including the Roman walls and amphitheatre of Chester and the county’s canal network. Cheshire is well-connected by rail to all of the UK, with direct services to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, and major towns in Wales. Cheshire’s schools are generally excellent, as are local amenities like retail, dining and leisure. Much of the county is horse country, and country walks, cycling, and jogging opportunities are abundant. the 2013 Sunday Times Best Places to Live survey put four places in Cheshire in the top ten places to live in the North West.