Explore the beautiful estate at Quarry Bank
Discover 'more than a mill’ at Quarry Bank as you explore the estate surrounding this industrial community.
The estate today
Before the mill was built, Styal village was a small collection of barns and cottages, whose inhabitants worked on the surrounding lands. The community that developed was an early industrial one including a school, shop, bakery, and two churches. In 1939, Alexander Carlton Greg donated the estate to us to be cared for and enjoyed by future generations.
Today, you can explore the woods which surround the estate and the village that the workers called home. Meander through lush fields and acres of woodland and look out for many historic sites including the iconic workers cottages.
Enter the woods where you will find huge redwood conifers, rare varieties of rhododendron, folly bridges and the river Bollin. We have three guided walks available including the Kingfisher Walk, Giant's Castle Walk and the Southern Woods Walk.
Today a team of rangers and volunteers work on the estate to protect, restore and maintain the historic grounds and surrounding woodland.
Wonderful Walks at Quarry Bank
Quarry Bank's Wonderful Walks
Explore the estate surrounding this industrial community with three self guided walks.
Wildlife to spot
The estate at Quarry Bank is the perfect place to visit if you're a nature enthusiast. The woodlands are a secluded haven for wildlife and nature so keep your eyes peeled and please be respectful of all animals.
A variety of reptiles can be found on the estate but are very rarely seen. They like basking in the sun, when they have warmed up they move fast!
Number one on the list is grass snakes; you can spot them by the river lounging by the sun waiting to eat fish, frogs and tadpoles coming down the stream. Another woodland resident, the common lizard. These little creatures feed on insects and like other lizards can shed their tail to escape from predators, which include jays and foxes.
Hydro and fish pass
Where the Bollin once serviced the mill’s machinery at the start of the Industrial Revolution, it’s again powering the mill – but now via a 21st century Kaplan turbine. The turbine generates over 55% of Quarry Bank’s onsite energy requirements.
As a charity it’s important to make savings wherever possible, we are fulfilling the Trust’s long term strategy of generating 50% of the organisation’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Alongside the turbine house, the Environment Agency has constructed a fish and eel pass which has opened up more than 10km of the rivers Bollin and Dean upstream of Quarry Bank to a range of fish. This means that migratory species such as Atlantic salmon and European eel will now be able to migrate upriver so they can complete their complex lifecycles.
'This entire project - encompassing hydro-electric power, fish pass and reinstatement of our historic landscape - has come together in a way which not only ensures a greener, less costly and more sustainable future for Quarry Bank, but at the same time opens up the landscape of the past for today’s visitors to connect with and enjoy' continues Eleanor. 'We’re very proud of what’s been achieved – and I’d like to think that deep down it’s definitely something Samuel Greg would have approved of'.
Come and see this new innovation at Quarry Bank.
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.