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The woodland estate at Quarry Bank

View of a woodland path next to the River Bollin
View of a woodland path next to the River Bollin | © Derek Hatton

Stride out on a walk through Quarry Bank’s 400-acre estate. Discover the great outdoors beyond the mill as you follow the River Bollin as it snakes through woodland. Look out for historic bridges, heritage trees and wildlife that call Quarry Bank their home – and if you’re really lucky, you could even catch a glimpse of an otter or kingfisher.

Discover a picturesque landscape

Beyond the formal garden lies the wider woodland estate at Quarry Bank, where over 400 acres of footpaths lead you through the former pleasure grounds of the mill-owning Greg family.

Designed as a picturesque landscape with six ornamental bridges, steep-sided gorges, caves, cliffs and a variety of trees, there is plenty to see on a walk through the estate.

Wildlife and nature

Bustling with wildlife, you can tune into the seasons by listening to the birdsong and hear the sound of the bubbling river Bollin as it winds its way through the estate. Look out for the stone ‘folly bridge’ that the mill owner's daughter used to paint, and spot exotic specimen trees such as giant redwoods that tower overhead and form dramatic landmarks on your walk.

Top walks to enjoy

Looking up at tree canopies in the woodland
Looking up at tree canopies in the woodland | © Annapurna Mellor

2024 Ranger events

Join our Ranger team on a series of seasonal walks around the estate, and learn about wildlife, habitats and woodland ecology.

events include:

  • Night time wildlife walks
  • Dawn chorus walks
  • Barn owl walks
  • Summer and autumn Ranger walks
  • Fortnightly wildlife and nature walks

Fun things with the family

Head outdoors and get your little ones closer to nature. Spot bees and butterflies, buzzards and beetles. Skip along woodland paths and play hide 'n' seek.

'50 things to do before you’re 11¾'

Are you ready to try out 50 of the wildest, most fun-packed and exciting things to do in the great outdoors? Do your favourite activities over and over again, or try all 50: the choice is yours.

Exterior of Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Discover more at Quarry Bank

Find out when Quarry Bank is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Dogs are welcome at Quarry Bank, and with 400 acres to explore, there’s plenty of space for them to bound, sniff, jump and splash through the estate. Quarry Bank is a two pawprint rated place.

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Looking for some refreshment? Choose from three venues at Quarry Bank, which include a riverside restaurant and a garden café. Each of them offers a range of hot and cold meals, snacks, cakes and bakes.

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Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank 

Wander through the dramatic valley garden, stroll by the river and tune into the sights and sounds of the season as you explore this rare retreat where nature and industry collide.

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Explore Quarry Bank's thriving industrial history 

Step inside the mill which led the way into the Industrial Revolution and experience the machines in action. Visit the homes of mill owner and worker to see what life here was like.

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