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The sun is shining on a woodland path through trees on the top of Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
Find a new perspective in the countryside around Cheshire and Greater Manchester | © National Trust Images/David Noton

Countryside and woodland in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

From deer parks and grand estates to the rolling countryside and woodland, there is plenty of space for you to stretch your legs at National Trust places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Countryside areas to visit in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Here are the best places to get a breath of fresh spring air in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

A family in the medieval deer park at Dunham Massey, with two young fallow deer in the foreground

Dunham Massey 

Get some fresh air in Dunham Massey's historic deer park. Walk along the leafy avenues and admire the far-reaching views.

Grandparents swinging a child by the arms and legs in the parkland at Lyme Park, Cheshire


Explore over 1,400 acres of landscape at Lyme, including thriving wildlife and some of the best views in Cheshire. There have been red deer on the estate for over 600 years.

View of a woodland path next to the River Bollin

Discover the woodland at Quarry Bank 

Pull on your walking boots and stride out on a walk through the 400-acre estate. Follow the river through woodland to discover a historic landscape bursting with wildlife.

2 women enjoying an intermediate walk around the estate

Alderley Edge 

Discover what makes Alderley Edge so special, from its wildlife to its areas of historical significance. The woodland here is home to a wide variety of birds, including flycatcher, redstart, nuthatch, tree creeper, green and great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest and bullfinch.

The view across the countryside from the sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, Cheshire. There are rocks and trees at the edge of a steep descent, and countryside stretches ahead towards the horizon.

Cheshire and Wirral Countryside 

Discover the beauty of Cheshire’s countryside on a stroll through its woodlands, see rich birdlife on its marshes and explore historical sites such as the folly at Mow Cop.

Red deer at Tatton Park, Cheshire

Tatton Park 

With 1,000 acres of parkland, there’s plenty to do on the Tatton Park estate. See the variety of wildlife, practise a range of outdoor activities and stop by the Old Hall.

Countryside and woodland further afield

A group of walkers heading down a rough stone track, with green mountains rising behind them

Countryside in the Lake District 

Explore the Lake District's majestic mountains – among them Scafell Pike, the tallest in England – ancient woodland, hidden waterfalls, rugged coastline and, of course, its many lakes. You might even spot a red squirrel, roe deer or bird of prey.

A woman and a young girl are paddling in the water at Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire. They're both smiling as the child kicks water towards the woman.

Coast and countryside in Yorkshire 

Discover the many opportunities to stretch your legs and explore the coast and countryside across Yorkshire – whether you fancy a gentle stroll through a deer park, a refreshing hike in the Dales or scenic route along a coastal path.

Walkers admire the view across Llyn Ogwen to the Cwm Idwal Valley on a sunny day, with a body of water visible in the valley and mountains in the distance

Countryside and woodland in Wales 

Explore dramatic and beautiful valleys, ancient woodlands and river walks or have an adventure through the wild Welsh mountains and visit some of the country’s most iconic peaks.

View from the top of Kinder Downfall in the Peak District, Derbyshire

Countryside and woodland in the Peak District and Derbyshire 

Find out about the extensive countryside and woodland places to explore in the Peak District and Derbyshire, from rugged peaks to wide expanses of moorland.

Visitors walking in the parkland in summer at Lyme Park, Cheshire

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Great houses and glorious gardens, moorland landscapes and medieval deer parks around Cheshire and Greater Manchester.