With easy access to the M6, bringing Liverpool and Manchester within an hour’s drive, Heathlands is perfectly placed for travel throughout the north-west. The development is just over a mile from Sandbach railway station from where there are frequent services to Crewe, ten minutes away, and Manchester. Buses between Crewe and Macclesfield or Northwich pass nearby, and the Wheelock Rail Trail, part of National Cycle Route 5, has an access point 600 yards away.
Local opportunities for cycling or walking include a network of river and canalside paths, with pleasant routes into Sandbach and around the wider area. Wheelock’s shops include a convenience store, newsagent and off-licence around half a mile from Heathlands, a selection of takeaways, a delicatessen, and a Farm Shop on the southern edge of the village. There is also a pub with a beer garden, the Cheshire Cheese, just a short walk from Heathlands
Sandbach supports community organisations for both young people and adults, from a youth club and a swimming club to dancing and a ladies’ choir. Several pubs host live music, a weekly folk club meets in the Market Tavern, and classical concerts are held in St Mary’s Hall by the Market Square. The Leisure Centre incorporates a 25m pool, fitness suite, squash courts and sports hall, and there are two golf courses in easy reach, at Malkins Bank on the eastern edge of Wheelock and in Sandbach itself.
Wheelock Primary, half a mile from Heathlands, was rated as an Outstanding school by Ofsted in 2011. Boys usually then go on to Sandbach School, and girls to Sandbach High, and the two schools unite for mixed sixth-form teaching. Both have excellent academic records. The purpose-built Ashfields Medical Centre, around a mile away, houses a team of 17 GPs, a large, comprehensive support staff and a pharmacy, and there is a choice of dentists in the town.