Explore the beautiful estate at Quarry Bank

A nut hatch at Quarry Bank

Winter is the perfect time to explore the estate at Quarry Bank. Blow away the cobwebs and head out on a frosty walk, spot winter wildlife, and go on a woodland adventure. Younger visitors can also have a go at our list of 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4.

Family on a snowy winter walk

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Get ready to stretch your legs and choose from one of our three walking routes - or come back and complete all three! Meander through fields and acres of woodland to see the red brick oak cottages built for the workers of the Mill. Head into the woods where you will find huge redwood conifers and folly bridges once painted by Hannah Greg. Or follow the River Bollin where, if you are lucky, you may see a flash of blue as kingfishers dart over the water in their quest for small fish.

A nut hatch at Quarry Bank

Spot winter wildlife

Quarry Bank is home to a variety of wildlife and winter birds, some of which travel to us from as far as Russia, Iceland and Scandinavia. Look out for red wing, fieldfare, nut hatches, robins and blue tits which all pay Quarry Bank a visit throughout the winter months. Snow drops will start to make an appearance in the New Year – for one of the best spots to see them, head over to Chapel Woods where 8,000 of them were planted last year.

Boy jumping in puddle

Go on a nature adventure

Head outdoors and jump into winter with our list of 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4. Are you ready to try out 50 of the wildest, most fun-packed and exciting things to in the great outdoors? Build a den, play pooh sticks, go welly wandering, create some wild art or go bird watching - do you favourite activities over and over again, or try all 50: the choice is yours. Pick up a leaflet from Visitor Welcome and start your adventure at Quarry Bank.

A new accessible footpath in the woodlands at Quarry Bank

Accessible paths

Thanks to funding from WREN and the FCC Community Action Fund we've opened an accessible path in Chapel Woods. The path takes you on a short stroll beside the river Bollin, and is wheelchair and buggy accessible. On your next visit, you can discover the beautiful woodlands here at Quarry Bank.

Quarry Bank ranger team looking after the estate in winter

Looking after the estate

The Quarry Bank ranger team do a wide variety of work on the estate including tree felling, footpath repairs and grass cutting. Last year they also planted 3080 wildflower plants, 24,250 wildflower bulbs, re-seeded lane verges with wildflower rich mixes, planted hundreds of native trees and 300 meters of species rich hedging. The rangers also survey and monitor wildlife on the estate to give an indication of how healthy Quarry Bank is. This winter, the rangers will also be continuing their work planting 11,000 trees! They'll be out and about in all weathers looking after the estate - you may see them removing invasive plant species or hear them having a bonfire.

Walker on the estate at Quarry Bank

Countryside care

Please stay on the paths to reduce the erosion of banks and damage to plants and supervise children, especially around the river. If you're enjoying a picnic with us then please remember to take your litter home. Please keep dogs on a lead where advised, particularly through Styal village and if entering the garden.