Explore the beautiful estate at Quarry Bank

Walkers on the estate at Quarry Bank

Explore the estate around Quarry Bank to discover dramatic seasonal colour and feel crisp autumn leaves crunch underfoot. Head out on a woodland walk, play conkers, and spot an array of wildlife from birds and bats to fungi and heritage trees.

Dog walking on the estate at Quarry Bank

Autumn walks

Head out into the woodland estate to see dramatic displays of seasonal colour and feel leaves crunch underfoot on an autumn walk. The beech trees turn a lovely golden colour at this time of year and look out for fungi making an appearance after wet weather. Kingfisher, Giant's Castle and riverside walks are all lovely walks to do in the autumn. Pick up a walks map from the Welcome Building and explore Quarry Bank's woodland estate.

A heron on the estate at Quarry Bank

Spot autumn wildlife

Quarry Bank is home to a variety of wildlife including birds, bats and fungi. At this time of year the birds are starting their migrations, the swallows, swifts and house martins are leaving us and fieldfair and red wings join us from Russia and Iceland. You might also see large flocks of geese and swans migrating together in the sky. Conkers are falling from our veteran horse chestnut trees, and bats will be out at dusk feeding up before their winter hibernation.

Boy jumping in puddle

Go on a nature adventure

Head outdoors and jump into Autumn 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 conkers, create some wild art, catch a falling leaf 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.

Derek Hatton

Autumn on the estate: What's keeping the rangers busy?

Autumn is a time for clearing leaves, keeping our roads, car parks and footpaths clear. The ranger team can remove a whole trailer full of leaves off the mill drive in one morning, and this is done every week until the leaves stop falling. Now that bird breeding season is over the field hedges will be cut. This autumn the rangers will also be starting 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.

The ranger team at work on the Quarry Bank estate

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.

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.