Welcome to the estate
Before the Mill was built, Styal Village was a small collection of barns and cottages, whose inhabitants worked on the surrounding lands. In 1784, Samuel Greg built Quarry Bank Mill on the banks of the River Bollin. As the Mill expanded, many of the original farm buildings in Styal were converted into houses, and new cottages were added in the 1820s. This early industrial community included a school, shop, bakery, and two churches. In 1939, Alexander Carlton Greg donated the estate to the National Trust to be cared for and enjoyed by future generations.
Today a team of rangers and volunteers work on the estate to protect, restore and maintain the historic grounds and surrounding woodland.
This walk will take you on the path of the apprentices as well as showing you the roots of the Mill by taking you by the Old Quarry, all whilst soaking up the nature around you.
Explore Styal Village and the world of the workers, retrace Robert Hyde Greg's steps and keep your eyes peeled for a flash of blue by the Kingfisher Bridge.
Take a look at the Kingfisher Walk trail which gives you step by step instructions on how to enjoy this wonderful walk. Download the walk and celebrate this year's Great British Walk in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor.
Giant's Castle Walk
Travel back in time to ancient woodland and medieval Styal, juxtaposed with the opportunity to daydream about holidays as you watch aeroplanes take off!
Download our walks
If we've tempted you to come for a walk and you want to find out more information, then download the PDF version of our walk leaflet.