Top winter walks in the North West

Blow away the Christmas cobwebs with a winter walk at many of our special places in the North West. Wrap up warm to explore the deer park at Dunham Massey, take in the contrasting landscapes of sand dunes and pine forests at Formby or create your very own outdoor adventure at Lyme.

Visitors enjoying a walk in the woods

A walk on the wild side at Quarry Bank

Wander beside the river at Quarry Bank, explore the woodland or simply amble round the gardens which have been opened in winter for the very first time. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife encounters, including the blue flashes of Kingfishers.

Three stags in the snow on a wintry day at Lyme, Cheshire

The great outdoors at Lyme

Take a bracing walk in the deer park at Lyme this winter, with dramatic scenery to boot. Look out for the ancient deer herd and enjoy far reaching views over Cheshire and Derbyshire before warming up with a cuppa in the Timber Yard Cafe.

A couple walking their dogs in the park in winter

Winter fauna and flora at Dunham Massey

Venture into the deer park at Dunham Massey to take in wildlife while you walk, or meander through a thousand winter shrubs, trees and evergreens in Dunham's winter garden, the largest in the UK. Don't miss the spectacular white carpet of over 200,000 double and single snowdrops from early January, as well as guided walking tours around the park.

Walkers in the grounds of Speke Hall

Plenty of walks to speak of at Speke

Join a guide for a Natural History Walk, take a walk with the Garden team or discover more aboutthe Hall's iconic Tudor exterior on an Architecture tours. If you'd rather go at your own pace, pick up a Relaxation Walk guide from reception or encourage little ones to pull their boots on for a Welly Walk.

Deer in the parkland at Tatton Park

Tatton Park

Explore Tatton Park's deer park and woodland this winter by stretching your legs on walk, go for a run, hop on a bike or venture out on horseback. Round off your visit with a stroll through the gardens and a hot drink.

Frosty sand dunes during sunrise at Formby

A breath of coastal air at Formby

Stroll along miles of sandy beaches beneath crisp winter skies or wander through the coastal pinewoods at Formby. Look out for rare red squirrels, follow the asparagus trail or discover prehistoric footprints at this unusual coastal landscape.

Snowy walking boots

Woodland wandering at Alderley Edge

Take a winter walk along the dramatic red sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, with views over the Cheshire Plain to the Peak District. Explore crisp woodland paths beneath frosted trees then burn off some Christmas calories and discover the highest point on the Edge.

Snowy walking boots

Winter walks in the Lake District

Fancy taking to the fells, paths or lakeshores in the heart of the Lake District? Pull on your boots and step outdoors – here are a selection of our favourite walks.