Spring walks in the North West

Now's the perfect time to get outdoors and spot signs of spring bursting into life at special places. There's plenty to enjoy from blooming daffodils to colourful bluebells along your route, as well as wildlife to spot as creatures great and small wake up from their winter slumber.

A family enjoying the outdoors in autumn or winter

Visiting information for this winter 

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.

Four visitors walking in Lyme Park

Set your own pace at Lyme

There are over 1400 acres to explore at Lyme from moor to meadow, and landscaped gardens too. Climb up to The Cage to take in the impressive views, explore the Lyme Avenue Ponds or set out on a longer trail for the full Lyme experience.

A family walking

Take in the best of Quarry Bank

Explore the Southern Woods at Quarry Bank and discover some hidden gems from the mill's past along the way. Follow the River Bollin and spot seasonal flowers coming in to bloom including bluebells and wildflowers.

A visitor inspects the ancient footprints at Formby

Walk in the footsteps of Formby's secret past

Red squirrels, natterjack toads, asparagus and sweeping coastal pinewoods can all be enjoyed on a spring walk at Formby. But did you know that at certain times of the year you can also spot prehistoric life frozen in time? Keep your eyes peeled on this walk for silt beds exposed beneath the sand which hold human and animal footprints that date from the late Mesolithic to the Neolithic, 7500 4500 years ago.

Spring view from Stormy Point Alderley

Enjoy a walk in the woods at Alderley Edge

As the trees start to bud and we welcome the return of the leaves, take a walk through the much-loved wooded areas of Alderley Edge. Take in the views across Cheshire farmland, see mighty mature Scots pines and beech woodlands and learn about the past along the way.

A couple walking in the grounds of Speke Hall

Take a leisurely spring stroll at Speke

Enjoy an easy stroll and take in views of Speke's iconic Tudor hall from every angle. Enjoy spring flowers coming into bloom in the gardens and make sure you extend your walk into the woods from April when the floor becomes a sea of blueblells.

A path winds through a National Trust woodland covered in bluebells

Our top spring walks in the Lake District

As the weather starts to turn warmer we're looking forward to spending the longer days outside. Whether that's wildlife spotting, lakeshore ambling or challenging yourself to a high fell, the Lake District has so much to offer.