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Visitors by the lake in the garden in autumn at Lyme Park, Cheshire
Find a new perspective in the countryside around Cheshire and Greater Manchester | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

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 and spot autumn colour at National Trust places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Countryside areas to visit in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Experience nature's greatest show as vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow start to appear all around you. Here are the best places to see autumn colour near you.

A number of young fallow deer cross a flat walkway littered with autumn leaves and surrounded by ancient trees

Dunham Massey 

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

Wide image of the moorland at Lyme. A building called 'the cage' sits at the top of the hill with visitors walking to it.


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.

A dog and its owner walking along a fence path in autumn in the Northern Woods at Quarry Bank, Cheshire, with golden leaves on the trees and underfoot

The woodland estate 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.

Climbing a tree in woodland at Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside, Cheshire.

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

Visitors at Surprise View looking out over Derwent Water and Skiddaw, Borrowdale, Lake District

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.

Rock formations at Buckstones in Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire. The sun peeks from behind a protruding stone.

Countryside in Yorkshire 

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

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and other mountain peaks with Hafod y Llan estate in the distance at Eryri (Snowdonia) Wales.

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.

Sunlight shining through the trees in Beeches woodland at Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside

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