Conkers, or Horse Chestnut seeds, are a hallmark of the British autumn season. Dating back to the 1850s, the game of Conkers became a staple of autumn fun. But before you can go winning all your match ups, you’ll have to find that champion conker! We’ve put together a selection of great places to explore the outdoors in Cheshire this autumn whilst on the hunt for those potential match-winning conkers:

Where to find Conkers in Cheshire

Delamere Forest

There are always activities-a-plenty on offer at Delamere forest, from walking and cycling to Segways and zip lines. This autumn, you can add one more to your list by taking your search for conkers here. As one of Cheshire’s largest woodland areas, there’s sure to be plenty to find.

Marbury Country Park

Surround yourself and the family in the beauty of nature in Marbury Country Park. Once the site of a grand estate and country manor with stunning walkways and some haunting woodland by the mere, there’s certainly no shortage of places to look for prize winning conkers.

Anderton Nature Park

There’s an abundance of plant life in Anderton Nature Park. As a part of the wider Northwich Woodlands, there are sure to be some spots to find that special conker. What’s more, you’re on the doorstep of the historic Anderton Boat Lift, so you can make a day of your conker search!

Macclesfield Forest

Surround yourself with thick woodland and stunning reservoirs in Macclesfield Forest. With plenty of walking routes, stunning views from two of Cheshire’s highest points – Shining Tor and Shutlingsloe – as well as the largest Heronry in the Peak District, there’s plenty to keep you and the family occupied on a conker hunt.

Tatton Park

Wander the stunning Tudor estate of Tatton Hall. With award-winning gardens, a grand Mansion, Tudor Old Hall and vast woodland you can make a grand day out of your conker hunt. While searching for those all-important conkers, you may even see some red deer!

Arley Hall

With history going back to the 15th century, the Arley Estate is amongst some of the finest countryside in Cheshire. Walk through the stunning gardens and admire the historic stately home before setting off into the nearby woodland to find your conkers.

Quarry Bank

A site of great industrial heritage, Quarry Bank is fascinating on many levels. From the 18th Century cotton mill and Quarry Bank House to Styal Village and the Apprentice House you can really surround yourself in industrial heritage. But Quarry Bank is also set amongst acres of woodland to explore. Follow the meandering path of the river Bollin as you look out for an array of wildlife and beautiful views and your conkers.


Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once a great sporting estate and home of the Legh family for over 500 years. With extensive views across Manchester and the Cheshire Plain, be sure to wander through the moorland and deer park on your search for conkers this autumn.

Dunham Massey

If you're looking to venture a little further than Cheshire, Dunham Massey is a great choice. Dunham Massey’s deer park covers an area of 192.7 acres and features formal avenues, woodland and parkland. Its pasture-woodland is occupied by a herd of fallow deer that have been resident in the park for hundreds of years. Part of the Dunham Massey Estate, the park also has a magnificent collection of ancient trees. Dunham Massey is sure to be a definite stop on your hunt for conkers this year!

Special mention to St Chad's Church in Wybunbury where many a conker can be found.


Delamere Forest
Delamere Forest

Enjoy a fun day out in Cheshire’s largest woodland! Located between Liverpool and Manchester, Delamere Forest provides a stunning setting for your next family adventure.

Marbury Country Park
Country / Royal Park
Stunning tree lined avenue at Marbury country Park

At Marbury Country park you can wander along the mere with splendid views over the water to the church at Great Budworth, or explore the arboretum and community orchard.

Anderton Nature Park
Nature Reserve
Anderton Nature Park is part of the Northwich Community Woodlands

Anderton Nature Park is located next to the historic Victorian boat lift and close to Northwich town centre.

Macclesfield Forest
Nature Trail
Macclesfield Forest

Today Macclesfield Forest is managed by United Utilities as part of the water catchment area around the reseroirs. There are four reservoirs in the vicinity with Ridgegate and Trentabank reservoirs providing Macclesfield town with drinking water.

Arley Hall & Gardens
Historic House / Palace
Stunning Exterior of Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley Hall & Gardens is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West.

Quarry Bank (NT)
Water Mill
The opposing Mill at Quarry Bank (NT)

Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived. Here you can discover the story of mill workers, mill owners and how the Industrial Revolution changed our world forever.

Lyme (NT)
Historic House / Palace
©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park. Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once a great sporting estate and home of the Legh family for over 500 years.

Dunham Massey (NT)
National Trust
Dunham Massey (NT)

A garden with year-round seasonal highlights, an ancient deer park with free-roaming fallow deer and a Georgian house filled with treasures and stories.



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