Pending the outcome of a job interview I'm looking at relocating to the north in the next few months. I used to Live in Leeds, headingley as a student and then briefly bought a place in Pudsey, but its been nearly 12 years since I left, and I've not spent a significant amount of time there since.
This time we have quite a wide area we are considering.
Basic requirements are:
-Walking distance to shops pubs cafes (ie not a village or hamlet where you have to drive everywhere).
-Family friendly area, ie playgrounds withing walking distance, has a high density of young families etc.
-Road cycling distance to a national park.
-Reasonable access to the Lakes.
-Reasonable access to an Airport, Station, and Motorways, not a massive factor as we will both be home workers but I will spend a fair bit of time traveling to the SE and Scotland. So probably not too far away from Leeds or Manchester
Places currently considering are Guisley (looks Ok but schools seem a bit crap) Addingham, Ilkley, Horsforth and Harrogate.
I don't know anything really about where to look in the NW, but open to suggestions at this stage.