Walking in the North West

With frosty mornings and a chill in the air, it's the perfect time to wrap up warm and step out on a winter 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, as you take a winter walk near you.

A family exploring the Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Dunham Massey ancient trees walk

Discover one of the finest collections of veteran trees in England in their sculpture-like winter beauty at Dunham Massey. Rich in winter wildlife, the parkland at Dunham is home to a herd of more than 150 fallow deer. Look out for their breath in the frosty winter air.

Visitors crossing a bridge over the river Bollin with Quarry Bank mill in the background

Quarry Bank southern woods walk

Explore the Southern Woods at Quarry Bank and take a meander along the River Bollin. And don't forget to head back to the mill to warm up with a hot chocolate.

Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire The South Lawn in snow

Rufford Old Hall

Take a December stroll through Rufford’s woodland and along the canal-side path to enjoy far-reaching views over the misty West Lancashire plain. Even when the property is closed in January and February, you can still wrap up warm and follow the Leeds and Liverpool canal path through Rufford village to enjoy a delightful view of the house and garden across the water.

Visitors to Speke Hall

Speke Hall

Be rewarded with glorious views over the River Mersey as you follow the elevated Bund path. On one side, enjoy a rare view of Speke Hall through the bare trees of the Clough below. On the other, spot flocks of overwintering dunlin, curlew and black tailed godwits on the Coastal Reserve, before finding yourself back in the wintery garden.

Man walking in snow on a winter walk at Lyme, Cheshire

Lyme

Take a stroll to The Cage for views across the deer sanctuary, and on a clear day, spot the snowy peak of Kinder Scout. If you’re feeling more adventurous, trail through Lantern Wood and discover a historic folly and a picture-perfect view of Lyme House and the surrounding landscape. To help you find your way, pick up a free leaflet on your next visit.

Snowy walking boots

Alderley Edge

At Alderley Edge the waymarked Woodland Valley walk is a chance to get off the beaten track this winter and see majestic beech trees and babbling brooks whilst roaming through areas where past generations have mined and farmed the landscape.  Get your hiking boots on and enjoy this peaceful area of Alderley Edge.