Mow Cop Tourism, United Kingdom

Attractions in Mow Cop

Mow Cop /ˈmaʊˈkɒp/ is an isolated village which straddles the Cheshire–Staffordshire border, and is divided between the North West and West Midlands regions of England. It is 24 miles south of Manchester and 6 miles north of Stoke-on-Trent, lying on a steep hill of the same name rising up to 335m (1099ft) above sea level. The village fringes the Cheshire Plain to the west and the hills of the Staffordshire Moorlands to the east. For population details taken at the 2011 census see Kidsgrove. The name is first recorded as "Mowel" around 1270 AD, and is believed to be derived from either the Anglo-Saxon Mūga-hyll, meaning "heap-hill", with copp = "head" added later, or the Common Celtic ancestor of Welsh moel (= hill), with Anglo-Saxon copp added later. At the village's summit, men once quarried stone to make into querns, used since the Iron Age for milling corn; this trade ended during the Victorian period. The village also has a long history of coal mining. A 65 ft rock feature called the Old Man O'Mow sits in one of the quarry areas and is believed to be the site of an ancient cairn. The most dominant feature is Mow Cop Castle which is a folly of a ruined castle at the summit of the hill, built in 1754. Both Mow Cop and Old Man O'Mow are under the management of the National Trust and sit on the walking route of the Cheshire Gritstone Trail. The village was served by a railway station which was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on 9 October 1848. Mow Cop is also noteworthy as the birthplace of the Primitive Methodist movement. Starting in 1800, Hugh Bourne from Stoke-on-Trent and William Clowes from Burslem began holding open-air prayer meetings. On 31 May 1807, a large 14-hour camp meeting was held, leading to development of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1810. These camp meetings became a regular feature at Mow Cop, with camps held to celebrate the 100th, 150th and 200th anniversaries of the first camp. Since the late 20th century, Mow Cop is known for its Killer Mile, a one-mile road race from the railway level crossing on the western side of the hill, up to the castle. The race was first organized in the early 1980s by John Britton. The climb is also well known among local cyclists and features in the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs in Britain.

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Facts and Stats for Mow Cop*

  • Pollution Statistics in Mow Cop

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    • Air Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Mow Cop: Crime and Safety

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    • Burglary and Theft 33.33 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.67 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 21.67 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 46.67 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.67 (Low)
    • Drug offense 58.93 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.67 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.67 (Moderate)
  • Living in Mow Cop - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 62.15 (High)
    • Pollution Index 36.78 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 11.67 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 66.3 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 88.89 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.85 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 103.74 (High)
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  • Cost for Essentials in Mow Cop

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    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.53 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.93 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 62.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 61.72 USD

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