Cheshire covers a plain formed following the retreat of ice age glaciers, and separates the hills of North Wales and the Peak District of Derbyshire.
The local distinctive red sandstone was used to construct Chester Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral.
Very much a rural county with beautiful countryside and pretty towns and villages to enjoy as you travel or stroll though Cheshire.
Dairy farming was once important and the county is still famous for the production of Cheshire Cheese.
The industry areas are in the north of the county, particularly around the River Mersey.
To the east there are large deposits of salt, which have been mined here since Roman times. Britain's chemical industry developed at Runcorn because of the proximity of the salt mines.
Lewis Carroll, the author of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', was born in Daresbury, a small rural village in Halton, Cheshire. The Cheshire Cat is, of course, one of his most famous characters.