Get active outdoors in the North West

Walking, cycling, running and dog-friendly routes – the North West has it all. Whether you want to get your heart rate pumping and endorphins going, or if you just want to clear your head and breathe in the fresh air, there are plenty of ways to get active at special places in the North West.

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

In England and Northern Ireland, our gardens, parks and countryside remain open for local people to exercise. Shops, houses and other indoor areas are closed, and cafés are takeaway only. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance and stay local. All places in Wales are currently closed. Please check the property webpage before you travel.

Family head out for a walk

Enjoy a summer of sports and adventures at Lyme 

Join in with centuries of sporting tradition at Lyme this summer, or go on a wild adventure in the great outdoors.

Children riding balance bikes

Get to grips with a balance bike at Rufford Old Hall

Your little ones don't need a bike of their own to learn to ride at Rufford Old Hall. Borrow a free balance bike and helmet and help your future cyclists learn how to ride in safe, traffic-free surroundings. Build up their confidence by following the paths through the garden and explore Orchard Paddock.

Visitor running through the woods

Take on a 10K (or 5K) at Speke Hall

On the fourth Saturday of every month you can experience Speke Hall at a different pace with Trust10 – a free 10K running event. The specially-designed route gives you great views of Speke and is the perfect place to set a new PB. If you want a shorter run then you can keep it to a 5K with just one loop. The restaurant opens early on the day, serving hot and cold refreshments as well as bacon or sausage sandwiches. A well-earned reward!

Visitor using the Tramper in the garden

Accessible paths and walking routes at Quarry Bank

Everyone should have the chance to get outdoors and enjoy special places. At Quarry Bank you can explore Chapel Woods via the recently opened accessible path, borrow a powered mobility vehicle (Tramper) or explore walking routes for all levels on foot.

A cyclist on Cage Hill at Lyme Park, Cheshire

Run, walk or bike at Lyme 

Lyme's large estate makes it the perfect place to get active. You can take part in regular running events or try out one of the fastest growing fitness activities in the UK, Nordic Walking. New mummies can take part in post-natal fitness with Mums, Tums and Buggies and your four-legged friends can join in the fun with the Dog Walking Social Group too. There are plenty of walking routes to try out if you want to go at your own pace, or follow a cycling route to explore on two wheels.

Parent walking with their child, who is cycling

Learn to cycle, scoot or walk at Dunham Massey

Over the years Dunham Massey has been the place where lots of little legs have taken their first steps, learnt to ride a bike or got to grips with scooting. The flat paths make it the perfect place for those all-important 'firsts'. Pack up the car with little wheels for little legs and get your camera ready to capture that special moment.


Get active in the Lake District

From watersports to stone skimming, lakeside walks to challenging hikes, the Lakes has everything you need for an active day out, all year round.