Time for a winter walk in the woods

snowy scene in the Quarry Bank woods

Whether you want to venture out for a crisp healthy hike, or step outside for a family amble, pull on your walking boots, wrap up in your Christmas jumper and head to Quarry Bank for a ramble around the Styal Estate.

" What I loves most about the Styal Estate is the way the river and the seasons are always changing the landscape. "
- Fred Smith, Volunteer Ranger

Choose between a stroll or a hike

Take a gentle stroll around the rare wet woodlands in the Southern Woods, or for the more adventurous, set out on the 3 1/2 mile Giant’s Castle Walk. Get on that January health kick as you climb the steps and navigate the steep bridleway. A rare piece of ancient semi-natural woodland, the wood is a habitat for many indigenous species including 700 varieties of fungi. 

Watch out for Wildlife

A secluded haven, with the River Bollin at its heart, even in the depths of winter the woodlands are not short of life. On your travels, spot some festive holly and ivy, look out for Herons in the Southern Woods and Dippers by the Mill meadow. You’re sure to see Robin Red Breast, but with a bit of luck you might get an extra surprise this Christmas and glimpse a flash of blue in the Northern Woods, at the Kingfisher Bridge. 
Spot a robin in the woods
A robin sits on a branch at Quarry Bank

Take a well deserved rest

Stop on a bench and soak in the surroundings, before heading down to the Café or Pantry for a well-deserved warming drink.