Walking in the North West

As the days get brighter and spring flowers start to bloom, it's the perfect time to step out on a spring-time walk at these very special places in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, and Lancashire. And don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for creatures great and small when you're out on a walk in the North West.

Deer in front of Dunham Massey hall in spring

Stretch your legs in the parkland at Dunham

There are plenty of walking routes through the park at Dunham Massey, whether you fancy a short springtime stroll or a full afternoon exploring one of the longer routes. And don't forget to pause at one of the estate's moments of calm on your walk - can you hear the birds making their nests in spring?

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 spring wildflowers coming in to bloom, or look out for kingfishers as they dive across the water.

Blue Peter Rhododendron Rufford Old Hall Driveway

Relax at Rufford Old Hall

Take a stroll through Rufford’s woodland and along the canal-side path to enjoy far-reaching views over the West Lancashire plain. Follow the Leeds and Liverpool canal path through Rufford village to enjoy a delightful view of Rufford Old Hall and garden across the water, before taking a route back to the re-opened house.

A couple walking in the grounds of Speke Hall

Take a leisurely stroll at Speke

Enjoy an easy stroll and take in views of Speke's iconic Tudor hall from every angle. Take in the gardens as they come into spring bloom, or head out into the orchard to see how the team at Speke have transformed this into a traditional orchard wildflower meadow, full of delicate blossom.

View of The Cage from the moor at Lyme, Cheshire

Take a walk on the Lyme side

Head into the hills at Lyme to explore this vast estate in spring. The moorland is particularly special at this time of year, but remember to keep an eye out for vulnerable wildlife, like the ground-nesting birds that call Lyme home.

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.