Explore the beautiful estate at Quarry Bank

A family walking

Explore the estate around Quarry Bank to discover beautiful views and an array of wildlife.

Explore the woods which surround the estate and the village that Quarry Bank's mill workers called home. You can 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. There are a number of trail-marked walks through the woods - download the walks map below.

Today a team of rangers and volunteers work on the estate to protect, restore and maintain the historic grounds and surrounding woodland.

Visitors enjoying the new accessible path

New accessible path

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.

Volunteers at work on a National Trust estate

Join the ranger group volunteers

Try your hand as a ranger, working with our team on all aspects of woodland management. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 9.30am to 3.30pm, and you can join in as often as you choose, to help us to look after Quarry Bank forever, for everyone. The group meets in the Quarry Bank car park. Please wear outdoor clothing and footwear, and dress appropriately for the weather. The group is open to everyone aged 16+. Under 18s need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. For more information please contact quarrybank@nationaltrust.org.uk

Bridge in the Northern Woods at Quarry Bank in Cheshire

Phytophthora ramorum at Quarry Bank 

Find out how you can help us to prevent the spread of Phytophthora ramorum in the Chapel Woods at Quarry Bank

Wildlife on the estate

The estate 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 as you take in the picturesque surroundings. Look out for migrant bird species, and lots of varieties of woodland flower and fungi.

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! See if you can spot grass snakes lounging by the river lounging waiting to eat fish, frogs and tadpoles coming down the stream. 

Meander through the Northern Woods at Quarry Bank
Meander through the Northern Woods at Quarry Bank
Meander through the Northern Woods at Quarry Bank

Hydro and fish pass

The river Bollin once powered the mill’s machinery at the start of the Industrial Revolution. In the 21st century it's once again generating power, now via a 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, and in using the hydro we're fulfilling our strategic aim of generating 50% of our 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 are now able to migrate upriver so they can complete their complex lifecycles.

A view of the hydro and fish pass
A view of the hydro and fish pass at Quarry Bank
A view of the hydro and fish pass

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.