The Peak District – some great spots quite near to you – some perhaps overdone photographically but you can just wander almost anywhere and find good subjects. Ilam, Dovedale, White Peak. http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/events
National Trust? Lyme Park, Biddulph Grange, Little Moreton Hall, Dunham Massey.
There are many nature reserves if you want to take wildlife pictures.
Look in on Doug Chinnery’s exhibition if you get over to Bakewell.
Hi Peter. It depends on your interests and how far your want to travel. There are several interesting cities within a hour. Liverpool, Manchester and Chester are all interesting and photogenic. Or you might like a visit to chester zoo, Knowsley Wildlife Park or Knutsford bird sanctuary for wildlife. Other National trust sites are Tatton Park and Styal Mill. Then there’s Blists Hill Victorian village near Telford. Further a field Snowdonia in North wales is very scenic. Look out for track days at the Oulton Park motor racing track if you like motor sports.
Enjoy your break.
Hi Peter. Northwich is on the river Weaver, and has some interesting buildings, bridges and locations; and nearby Barnton is on the Trent & Mersey canal, with the Anderton boat lift, a feat of Victorian engineering, making a striking connection between the two waterways. Google Maps gets you started: