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Buzzard in Southern Wood at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
Buzzard in Southern Wood at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire | © National Trust Images/Derek Hatton
Cheshire & Greater Manchester

Southern Woods walk at Quarry Bank

The Southern Woods provide a great opportunity to explore the wider estate at Quarry Bank and to watch the river twist and turn and make its way to the mill. There are also some hidden gems... take a look at the mill pond and weir. It is a perfect walk for all the family and don't forget to bring your canine friend.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Quarry Bank Mill Yard, SK9 4HP

Step 1

From the mill yard, follow the sign to the Southern Woods.

Step 2

On your right you soon see sluice gates to control the flow of water and then a children's playground. After a few minutes, past the mill pond, you can make a diversion to your right to get a better view. Return to the main path to continue the walk.

Step 3

A couple of minutes later notice the quarry on your left. Parts of the mill were built from stone that was quarried here. Look closely for marks made by the masons' picks.

Step 4

The path soon rises to cross Heron's Pool Bridge, and continues through an extensive wet area.

Step 5

Continue along the low laying path. During April and May the steep woodland bank is carpeted with bluebells. Please don't pick the bluebells or walk amongst them, caring for this habitat means the flowers will return year after year.

Step 6

At the path junction marked by a large boulder, bear right.

Step 7

Just before the footbridge, turn left uphill.

Step 8

Turn left again at the kissing gate. To the right of the bridge, the rivers Dean and Bollin combine. Cross the field and fork right, uphill to a steel gate and walk across the fields towards the mill. This route was used by mill apprentices, to walk from the Apprentice House to the parish church in Wilmslow.

Step 9

Across the fields to the left is a stone obelisk, which is due south from an observatory that once stood in Quarry Bank garden. It allowed the mill owner to use the sun to set his clocks.

Step 10

At the end of the path, turn left after two kissing gates and pass a pool on your right. In the event of a fire, water would be pumped from the reservoir to the mill. Fire was a constant threat in the hot and dusty mills. Fortunately fires at Quarry Bank seem to have been rare and small. Follow the path into the mill yard.

End point

Quarry Bank Mill Yard, SK9 4HP.

Trail map

Map of the Quarry Bank Southern Woods Walk
Map of the Quarry Bank Southern Woods Walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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