Woodland walks in the North West

Take in the changing seasons with a visit to the variety of woodland habitats in the North West you help us to care for. From one of the finest collections of veteran trees in England at Dunham Massey, to pine woodlands beside sweeping sand dunes at Formby there are plenty of special places to explore. A woodland walk is the best way to take in the changing colours, breathe in the earthy smells of the season and spot autumn wildlife.

Couple walking in the garden at Dunham Massey in autumn

Dunham Massey ancient trees walk 

Discover one of the finest collections of veteran trees in England as they put on an autumnal show in Dunham Massey's park. Rich in wildlife, the park is also home to a herd of more than 150 fallow deer. If you're lucky you might see or hear a deer rut.

Lantern wood in glorious autumn at Lyme, Cheshire

Lyme Lantern walk 

You'll be rewarded with glorious views on this walk to a lesser visited areas of the park. Keep your eyes peeled for Lyme's Red Deer, who often spend their time in the east of the park.

Walkers in the grounds of Speke Hall

Speke Hall estate walk 

Take in the Speke Hall estate and enjoy the fine views of the Wirral, North Wales and even Liverpool’s city centre skyline. Keep your eyes peeled amongst the trees for the autumnal wildlife who call Speke their home.

Quarry Bank Mill in the autumn

Quarry Bank southern woods walk 

Explore the Southern Woods at Quarry Bank with a meander along the River Bollin and the chance to spot the seasonal wildlife at its best.

Sunlight beams through the trees at Formby

Formby woodland walk 

For a less challenging walk why not wind through broadleaf and pine woodlands at Formby before finishing at dramatic, ever-shifting sand dunes? Pack a blanket and flask for the best seats to watch the autumn sun go down...or going up if you're an early riser.

Autumn leaves carpet the ground at Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge woodland walk 

Amble across rolling Cheshire farmland with mature Scots pine trees and beech woodlands, for spectacular views, intriguing legends and an ancient mining history.

The Lake District was the inspiration for Beatrix Potter's children's stories

Woodland walks in the Lake District 

With some of the most wooded valleys in the country, you don't need to look far for a perfect woodland walk in the Lake District.