Thank you all for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate all the comments, and don't worry it's not putting us off moving to Marple!
The train / bus option isn't really viable for me as I need my car once I get to work most days.
It seems that the drive to work (leaving at 7am or just before) is absolutely fine, at about 35-40 minutes. Coming home, leaving at 5pm seems like it's on average about one hour, which clearly isn't great given it's only 10 miles away. I may be able to work around that, or potentially join the gym next to work (instead of the one in Marple), and delay the return drive to around 6pm where I assume it's a bit quieter. I guess it's a matter of weighting up all the benefits of living in Marple (and I get the impression it's a great place to be), versus the commute. I can work at home one day a week, so it's only 4 drives home a week after all.
Is Marple particularly bad, or would I find other towns south of Manchester equally as bad - for example Wimslow, Disley, Poynton. Any other suggestions?
@ Older-and-wider > I'm not sure getting home to see the end of Pointless is a good thing @longtimenologin
> Thanks for the info. Do you go onto the M60 on that route, or via the A5145 from Stockport to Didsbury?