Styal Estate

Styal Village © Quarry Bank Mill

Styal Village

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.

Wonderful walks

Southern Woods

Enjoy one of our beautiful woodland walks © Paul Harris

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.

Kingfisher walk

Oak Cottages, built to house the Mill workers are still lived in today © Ian Shaw

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

Be careful not to accidentally tread on these delicate flowers! © John Millar

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

Be careful not to accidentally trod on these delicate flowers! © Steve Wrightson

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.

A picnic in the country!

Enjoy Quarry Bankâ¿¿s beautiful garden in spring

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon in the countryside, relaxing on the Mill Meadow or sitting under shady trees in the Southern Woods?

Countryside care

The weir at Quarry Bank on the River Bollin

Please stay on the paths to reduce the erosion of banks and damage to plants.

Children should be supervised at all times, especially around the river.

Please take your litter home.


Styal estate is teeming with all kinds of wonderful wildlife so keep your eyes peeled and please be respectful of all animals.

Follow the Styal estate team


Four-legged friends are more than welcome at Quarry Bank.

We have lots of fantastic walks for you and your furry pal to enjoy.

Hydro and fish pass

Salmon can swim along the River Bollin when the fish pass is completed

Water power has returned to Quarry Bank.  Take a walk by the weir to see the Mill from a new angle and find out more at our hydro and fish pass.