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Dunham Massey ancient trees walk

Walking trail

Discover one of the finest collections of veteran trees in England, as you explore Dunham Massey park. Rich in wildlife, the park is also home to a herd of more than 150 fallow deer.

An ancient oak tree in the grounds of Dunham Massey

Map

Map route for Dunham Massey ancient trees walk

Start:

Clock Tower, grid ref: SJ735874

1

From the Clock Tower, walk down the grass path towards the service road, turning left when you reach the service road itself. Dunham Massey is regarded as one of the best sites for the number and variety of its veteran trees. Veteran trees are very important for the habitat they provide for animals, insects and fungi. Dunham's trees are home to many rare insect species, such as the nationally scarce cobweb beetle (Megatoma undata) as well as beetle-eating bats such as the noctule.

2

Follow the service road round the corner and up the slope. The 16th-century watermill will be on your left.

3

At the variegated beech tree, turn right on to Langham Grove. Walk past Old Man Pool on your left all the way to Langham Obelisk.

4

At the obelisk, turn left and follow the deer sanctuary log rail barrier. Cross over Farm Walk and follow the deer sanctuary barrier past Island Pool to Middle Avenue.

5

Turn right at Middle Avenue and walk to the top of the park. When you reach the railings, go through the plantation gates on your left.

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6

Follow the path all the way to Charcoal Drive, turning left at the driveway to head back towards the mansion.

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7

At the end of Charcoal Drive, follow the main drive down to the main entrance of the Hall. On the lawn to either side of the drive are pollarded lime trees, which are cut every three years.

8

Optional garden route: turn right and enter the formal gardens (ticket required) to view one of the oldest oaks on the estate and the collection of ornamental trees including cork oaks, white stemmed birch and the handkerchief tree.

9

At the main entrance of the Hall turn left, and continue back to the starting point of the Clock Tower.

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10

Additional walk: continue under the Clock Tower, turning right to the car park. In the fenced area adjacent to the Stallion Pound is one of the oldest oak trees on the estate, at around 500 years old it predates the formal planting of the parkland. The fence was erected to protect the tree's roots from compaction.

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Pass through the white gates and continue to the end of the moat path. Directly in front of you is a fabulous Lime Avenue planted in around 1900.

End:

Clock Tower, grid ref: SJ735874

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Dunham Massey ancient trees walk

Terrain

Easy terrain in general but some areas may become waterlogged following rain.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead, as fallow deer roam the entire park. No dog bins so please take dog litter home.

Dunham Massey ancient trees walk

Contact us

Dunham Massey ancient trees walk

How to get here

Address
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
By train

Altrincham station and Metro 3 miles (4.8km), Hale station 3 miles (4.8km).

By road

M6 motorway exit 19, M56 motorway exit 7, A56 towards Altrincham/ Manchester, B5160 Charcoal Road.

By foot

Close to Trans-Pennine Trail and Bridgewater canal.

By bus

Altrincham Bus Station/Interchange, Warrington Borough Transport, no. 5 bus, alight by the main entrance gates to Dunham Massey.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 62, 1 mile (1.6km) away.

Dunham Massey ancient trees walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park and toilets available at Dunham Massey house
  • Dogs are welcome on a lead