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East Cheshire Autumn Walks (with our favourite pit-stops!)

East Cheshire Autumn Walks (with our favourite pit-stops!)

This autumn, explore the splendor of East Cheshire, from highpoints on the borders of the Peak District to grand historic estates. Whilst exploring East Cheshire, you may find yourself in need of refreshment, but don't worry, as there's an abundance of great places to fill your (walking) boots on your adventures! Here's a selection of some of our favourites:

Tatton Park, Knutsford

A visit to Tatton Park near Knutsford is a must! Set within 1000 acres with deer and woodland, this fascinating landscape is waiting to be explored and is perfect for an autumnal walk.  A deer park since 1290, it is home to herds of Red and Fallow deer which roam freely in the ancient Parkland. Visitors are welcome to walk or cycle in the park for free. There are lots of great trails that provide wonderful walks with amazing viewpoints. Four legged friends are also welcome in the Parkland.

Whilst here, you can also enjoy 50 acres of award-winning glorious gardens, which are one of the most picturesque in England.  There are many beautiful areas to explore including 19 different garden areas in total, with 12 additional features of special interest to discover as you wander around.

The beautiful 18th century mansion which sits in an elevated position is also worth a visit. The impressive portico of the south front dominates the view of the house from the parkland.  It houses one of the National Trust's finest libraries and an outstanding collection of Gillow's of Lancaster furniture.

The former head Gardener’s Cottage, just inside the Stableyard, is the perfect location for a relaxing bite to eat, full of cosy, cottage character. Treat yourselves in one of the most beautiful settings in Cheshire.

Or you can pre-order a takeaway picnic below and there are also takeaway refreshments available from The Stables Restaurant.

Wizardly Walk at Alderley Edge

An easy-access circular walk in the heart of the Cheshire countryside exploring mining remains and learning about the popular legend of Alderley Edge.  Let your imaginations run wild with a walk through the legend-filled woods of Alderley Edge to Stormy Point, the setting for Alan Garner's novel The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.

Notes:

Start at Macclesfield Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4UB.

National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ859773

The nearby roadside Wizard Restaurant, Alderley Edge, celebrates the popular legend of Alderley Edge, in a traditional tale featuring a wizard on a white mare, magic and treasure.  Serving modern British food in a traditional dog friendly pub setting with an enviable reputation for quality food and service in an informal and relaxed setting.

The Wizard, Macclesfield Road, Macclesfield, SK10 4UB. Tel: 01625 584000

Bosley Cloud

Bosley Cloud is a prominent hill situated within Cheshire's Peak District on the border between Cheshire and Staffordshire. It is 343 metres (1,125 ft) in height making it one of the highest hills in the area and one of the best places to see spectacular views of Cheshire. 

Try this circular 4 km / 2½ mile walk right up onto the top of Bosley Cloud and experience stunning views over the Cheshire Plain.
Feel on top of the world after a little hard work walking up hill onto the summit of Bosley Cloud. You can see this outcrop from miles around and from the top you can see across the whole of the Cheshire Plan and along the gritstone ridge of Cheshire’s Peak District.


Notes:
Postcode for Timbersbrook carpark for satnav is CW12 3PP, OS grid reference SJ 895 627.
Free car parking is available

For refreshments afterwards, why not have lunch at The Waggon & Horses, Eaton, Nr Congleton.

Renowned locally for its home cooked food and roaring log fires, it’s the perfect place for a bite to eat by the open fire after your walk.  Open 7 days a week for both lunch and evening meals.

The Waggon & Horses, Manchester Rd, Eaton, CW12 2JD. Tel: 01260 224229

Middlewood Way

The scenic ten-mile Middlewood Way provides lots of opportunities for walking, cycling and horse-riding and is a former railway line that fell victim to Beeching’s axe in 1970. It reopened 15 years later as a relatively level walking and cycle path (which also makes it an option for those who use wheelchairs and buggies).

Local circular walks can be created using the footpath network and the adjacent canal towpath. Footpaths reach into the Peak District foothills to the east and the Cheshire Plain to the west. From Higher Poynton footpaths lead to Lyme Park and Lyme Hall.  Circular walks starting from Bollington and Nelson Pit Visitor Centre are available to download as leaflets from: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/rangers

The Ordnance Survey Explorer map 268 is recommended for route planning and navigation.

Wildlife enthusiasts will find plenty of interest throughout the year. The bridges provide good roosting sites for bats, and various species can be seen at dusk including pipistrelles and noctules along the Middlewood Way and Daubenton’s along the canal.

To warm up afterwards, visit The Railway, Marple, just by the station. Serving casked ales from their award-winning cellar and offering a large lunch menu with home-booked food at great affordable prices.  Four legged friends are only allowed outside though.

The Railway, 223 Stockport Road, Rose Hill, Stockport, SK6 6EN. Tel: 0161 427 2146.

Bollin Valley Way

The Bollin Valley Way is a 25 mile (40 km) recreational path shadowing the course of the River Bollin that skirts the National Trust’s Dunham Massey. The route starts at Macclesfield Riverside Park and finishes in Partington giving walkers a feel of the valley's variety. It takes in fields and woodlands, towns and villages, passes around Manchester Airport and ends up in the industrial area near the Manchester Ship Canal.

The Way acts as a spine to the valley linking many local places of interest in one walking route. Sections of the Bollin Valley Way can also be incorporated into shorter circular walks.

Afterwards enjoy some nice grub and sit by the fire at the historic Swan with Two Nicks (Little Bollington) which runs close by.

Swan with Two Nicks, Park Lane, Little Bollington, Altrincham, WA14 4TJ. Tel: 0161 928 2914.

Teggs Nose Country Park

Teggs Nose Country Park is located close to Macclesfield in Cheshire on the western edge of the Peak District National Park with stunning views of the park and across the Cheshire plain.

Cycling and horse riding are also popular in the area, along with fishing, rock climbing and in winter conditions it is a favoured place for sledging with the exposed moorland hills often covered in snow.

There is evidence of activity in the area since the Bronze age, including a Burial Chamber and lots of examples of how the Country Park has been shaped by its past use for quarrying, from the 16th century to as recently as 1955.

The country park is ideal for dog walking and there is a lovely short 2.5mile walk from the Visitor Centre and car park off Old Buxton Road with great views towards Macclesfield Forest.

The main paths are good walking routes but take care especially with young children around the quarry workings and equipment as there are many steep drops around the rock faces.

You will reach the Tegg’s Nose summit at a height of 380 metres where there are more great views across Macclesfield Forest and Tegg’s Nose and Bottoms Reservoir as well as across Macclesfield and towards the Telecom Tower on Sutton Common.

For refreshments, visit the family run and dog friendly Tegg’s Nose Tea Room serving delicious homemade cakes, fresh light lunches made with quality local produce, artisan coffee and loose teas.

Or if you’re preferring a pub setting, head to the nearby Leather’s Smithy pub at Macclesfield Forest, a popular haunt with walkers and country lovers with real fires.  Serving locally sourced food offering daily specials inspired by seasonal ingredients and a recently introduced pizza menu which has had really positive feedback!

Teggs Nose Tea Room, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP.

Leather’s Smithy, Clarke Lane, Langley, Macclesfield, SK11 0NE. Tel: 01260 252313

White Nancy Circular Walk

Hike up White Nancy, the iconic Grade II listed folly that dominates the Cheshire Plain.  It's a structure without doors or windows, comically shaped and perched on a beautiful spot above Bollington which enjoys spectacular views over Cheshire.  On a clear day you can even see as far as Snowdonia and the coast at Liverpool, North Wales and the windmills off the Wirral peninsula.  It was used for centuries as a warning beacon of invasion and was built in 1817 by the Gaskell family of North End Farm and Ingersley Hall, in belated commemoration of the British victory at Waterloo in 1815.

The White Nancy Circular Walk is a 5.1km loop trail that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.  The walk starts on Clarke Lane Kerridge SK10 5AH at the canal bridge. 

If you’re looking for some refreshments before or afterwards, head to The Bulls Head, Kerridge.  A 17th century pub renowned for its excellent home cooked food and warm welcome. It serves 3 cask ales and has a wide selection of wines.

The Bulls Head, 2 Oak Lane, Kerridge, Macclesfield, SK10 5BD. Tel: 01625 575522

Header image credit: Andrew Huggett

Product Information

  1. Tatton Park

    Knutsford

    **Team of the Year Award Winner 2019**

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    Tatton Park in Autumn. Photo credit: David Dukesell
    Mansion from the Italian Gardens at Tatton Park
    Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park
    The Drawing Room inside the Tatton Park  Mansion
    Deer in the Parkland of Tatton Park
    Tatton Park in Autumn. Photo credit: David Dukesell
    Mansion from the Italian Gardens at Tatton Park
    Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park
    The Drawing Room inside the Tatton Park  Mansion
    Deer in the Parkland of Tatton Park

    **#1 National Trust Garden in the UK 2020**

    **Team of the Year Award Winner 2019**

    There’s plenty to see at Tatton Park this year. Join characters from Tatton Farm’s past to hear field-to-fork tales, and learn about the production of our food – from grain threshing to milking – from the industrial revolution to the present day. Are you brave enough to enter the slaughterhouse? In this old stone building, darkened walls become the backdrop for a butcher’s tale: the dramatised story of a pig’s journey from birth to mansion-house table, sensitively told by a Victorian kitchen boy and farmer. Meanwhile, in the neoclassical mansion, rare Japanese woodblock prints, collected by Wilbraham Egerton, will be on display as part of a focus on Japan in 2020.

    The Gardener’s Cottage Tea Room at Tatton Park has packaged everything that we love about alfresco dining into a delicious, freshly made, ready–to-go picnic, featuring their classic Head Gardener’s sandwiches, cakes and scones. Host a fun and stress free summer picnic at Tatton Park with your nearest and dearest, available to pre-order now online, for collections from Friday 21st August. Escape with your picnic to Tatton’s picturesque Parkland where you’ll have 1,000 acres to choose your perfect picnicking spot. Your picnic comes with a handy parkland map of ‘Tatton’s Tremendous Views’ – which you can easily get to on foot or by car. Sit back, feel the grass between your toes and delight in your picnic whilst looking out across Tatton’s stunning Mere’s.

    Contact Details:

    Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

    Tel:

    01625 374400

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Alderley Edge

    Alderley Edge

    The picturesque village of Alderley Edge sits in the east of Cheshire and offers a fabulous range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Famed for being home to the rich and famous it’s known as the Champagne capital of Britain.

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    Magic, myth and legend abound in the pretty Cheshire village of Alderley Edge.

    The picturesque village of Alderley Edge sits in the east of Cheshire and offers a fabulous range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Famed for being home to the rich and famous it’s known as the Champagne capital of Britain.

    Although a vibrant village there is much more to Alderley Edge than shopping and eating and a walk up to ‘The Edge’ provides you stunning views across the Cheshire Plain. The setting for Alan Garner’s books The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath.

    Known as the Champagne capital of Britain, Alderley Edge has more than its fair share of quality restaurants and trendy bars. The Alderley Bar and Grill, the Bubble Room, The Alderley Edge Hotel and the Wizard Restaurant are among the Northwest's most fashionable venues.

    But it’s not all bubbly and caviar. Scratch the surface and you’ll find traditional bakers, butchers, a specialist cheese shop and the monthly Alderley Edge farmers' market.

    Contact Details:

    Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7SW

    Website

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  3. Bosley Cloud

    Congleton

    A circular 4 km / 2½ mile walk right up onto the top of Bosley Cloud with stunning views over the Cheshire Plain.

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    A circular 4 km / 2½ mile walk right up onto the top of Bosley Cloud
    Bosley Cloud offers stunning views over the Cheshire Plain.
    Views from Bosley Cloud
    A circular 4 km / 2½ mile walk right up onto the top of Bosley Cloud
    Bosley Cloud offers stunning views over the Cheshire Plain.
    Views from Bosley Cloud

    Grade: Challenging Distance: 4 km / 2 ½ mile Time; 1 ½ - 2 hours Start: Timbersbrook Picnic Site. OS grid reference SJ 895 627 | What 3 Words: ///nuzzling.expel.steps Map: OS Explorer 268 Terrain: Rough paths, steps, rocky outcrops Barriers: Squeeze stiles plus 2 step-over stiles

    Bosley Cloud is a prominent hill situated within Cheshire's Peak District on the border between Cheshire and Staffordshire. It is 343 metres (1,125 ft) in height making it one of the highest hills in the area and one of the best places to see spectacular views of Cheshire.  Try this circular 4 km / 2½ mile walk right up onto the top of Bosley Cloud and experience stunning views over the Cheshire Plain. Feel on top of the world after a little hard work walking up hill onto the summit of Bosley Cloud. You can see this outcrop from miles around and from the top you can see across the whole of the Cheshire Plan and along the gritstone ridge of Cheshire’s Peak District. Visitor information Location: Timbersbrook picnic site is located on Weathercock Lane in Timbersbrook, to the east of Congleton and signposted off the A54 Buxton Road. The postcode for Timbersbrook carpark for satnav is CW12 3PP, OS grid reference SJ 895 627. Parking: Free car parking is available at Timbersbrook picnic site. Public transport: There is a bus stop just outside the picnic site in Timbersbrook, served during the week by service number K80 from Congleton. Refreshments and toilets: There are no facilities along the route, but there are pubs nearby at Dane in Shaw and Congleton

    Contact Details:

    Timbersbrook Picnic Area, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 3PP

    Tel:

    01270 686029
  4. Middlewood Way

    Poynton

    The Middlewood Way is a 16km (10 mile) linear country park following the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire East countryside. It provides a relatively level route for all users along its wildlife corridor

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    The Middlewood Way is a 16km (10 mile) linear country park following the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire East countryside. It provides a relatively level route for all users along its wildlife corridor. At Bollington the route passes high above the river on a viaduct offering views to the hills and mills of the area.

    Contact Details:

    Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1UT

    Tel:

    01625 383700

    Website

    Web Site

  5. Bollin Valley Way

    Off Manchester Road, Tytherington

    The Bollin Valley Way is a 25 mile (40 km) recreational path shadowing the course of the River Bollin. The route starts at Macclesfield Riverside Park and finishes in Partington giving walkers a feel of the valley's variety.

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    Grade: Long distance Distance: 25 mile (40 km) Time: 1-3 days Start: Macclesfield Riverside Park | what3words: ///puzzle.tiger.fluid Map: OS Explorer 276 & 268 Terrain: Mainly public rights of way Barriers: Multiple Toilets: At refreshment stops for patrons and in town/village centres The Bollin Valley Way is a 25 mile (40 km) recreational path shadowing the course of the River Bollin. The route starts at Macclesfield Riverside Park and finishes in Partington giving walkers a feel of the valley's variety. It takes in fields and woodlands, towns and villages, passes around Manchester Airport and ends up in the industrial area near the Manchester Ship Canal. The Way acts as a spine to the valley linking many local places of interest in one walking route. Sections of the Bollin Valley Way can also be incorporated into shorter circular walks. Footpath Closures There is currently only one closure on the Bollin Valley Way which is approximately 1/2 mile from the Partington end of the trail. The footbridge across Red Brook has been damaged by fire and is dangerous to cross. Please see the Warburton diversion notice.

    Contact Details:

    Macclesfield Riverside Park Visitor Centre, Beechwood Mews, Off Manchester Road, Tytherington, Cheshire, SK10 2SL

    Tel:

    01625 374790

    Website

    Web Site

  6. Teggs Nose Country Park

    Macclesfield

    At Tegg’s Nose Country Park rock dominates the landscape. Dry stone walls and sturdy barns add to the dramatic character of the steeply sided valleys while many of the hill tops are pitted with old quarries.

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    At Tegg’s Nose Country Park rock dominates the landscape. Dry stone walls and sturdy barns add to the dramatic character of the steeply sided valleys while many of the hill tops are pitted with old quarries.

    Quarrying was certainly happening at Tegg’s Nose in the 1500’s and continued until 1955. Men blasted, hammered, hacked and chiselled away at the rock in harsh conditions for low wages.

    Today nature has softened the scars of industry and there is plenty to see at Tegg’s whatever time of year. You don’t have to go far to enjoy exhilarating views over the Cheshire Plain and on a clear day you can see Liverpool’s cathedrals and Welsh hills beyond. Spring and autumn are perfect for walking while sledging is always popular in the winter.

    Why Tegg’s Nose? Early maps show the area as Tegge’s Naze. This may have come from Tegge, an early Norse Settler and ‘nose’ meaning a promontory or it may be that the hill originally looked like a sheep or ‘teg’.

    Facilities:

    Toilets: Toilets are available on site, including an accessible one with RADAR lock access.

    Refreshments: Tegg's Nose Tea Room offers hot and cold food, tea, coffee, cakes, ice cream and more - visit www.facebook.com/teggsnosetearoom for details. 

    Contact Details:

    Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0AP

    Tel:

    01625 374833

    Website

    Web Site

  7. White Nancy

    Bollington / Kerridge

    The White Nancy overlooks the village of Kerridge and town of Bollington.

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    Built in 1817 by John Gaskell to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Waterloo, the White Nancy is a striking monument on the top of the northern extremity of The Saddley of Kerridge. With stunning views overlooking Kerridge and Bollington, and with panoramic views of Cheshire Plain, mountains of North Wales, Shropshire and the Pennines, it is a Grade II listed building and is on the National Monuments Record.

    Contact Details:

    Bollington / Kerridge, Cheshire

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Tatton Park (53.33615,-2.38866)Alderley Edge (53.28656,-2.26593)8.87
Alderley Edge (53.28656,-2.26593)Bosley Cloud (53.16102,-2.15855)14.13
Bosley Cloud (53.16102,-2.15855)Middlewood Way (53.35618,-2.08114)20.1
Middlewood Way (53.35618,-2.08114)Bollin Valley Way (53.26804,-2.12895)9.28
Bollin Valley Way (53.26804,-2.12895)Teggs Nose Country Park (53.2582,-2.07346)3.47
Teggs Nose Country Park (53.2582,-2.07346)White Nancy (53.29089,-2.09209)3.46
Total Distance *59.3 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.91 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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