A stunning Cheshire break

A Cheshire break assures you of stunning scenery and beautiful historic locations – many of them very close to Moss Wood including Dunham Massey, Lyme and Tatton parks. Explore the local woodland areas and take in spectacular autumnal displays of colour adorning the trees.

Here are some of our favourite places to visit on your Cheshire break.

Tatton Park

Tatton Park is one of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction. Owned by the National Trust, the 50-acres of landscaped gardens at Tatton Park are the product of almost 300 years of cultivation. Each successive owner of the Egerton family played a part in the evolution of the gardens by seeking the expertise of the leading landscape architects of the time.

As one of the most picturesque gardens in England, it shows visitors an almost complete picture of how it would have looked in Edwardian times. Explore the many distinct areas of the gardens at your leisure, including the Walled Kitchen Garden, 100 year old Japanese Garden, historic Glasshouses, Pleasure Grounds and many other features of interest.

Distance from Moss Wood: 4.8 miles (approx 11 minutes).

Alderley Edge

The view from the Edge across to Manchester

Explore the dramatic red sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, with views over the Cheshire Plain to the Peak District. Meander through open pasture, mature pine and beech woodland of this National Trust site.

Discover the highest point on the Edge which was originally a Bronze Age burial mound. It was later used as a fire beacon site which would have been lit as a signal to warn of the imminent invasion.

Distance from Moss Wood: 7.3 miles (approx 15 minutes).

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey owned by the National Trust since 1976

Dunham Massey Hall and Park, formerly the home of the last Earl of Stamford, has been owned by the National Trust since 1976.

A ramble around the park will reveal a range of architectural oddities and views of the house complete with Dunham’s resident herd of fallow deer; you may also glimpse other wildlife including owls and woodpeckers. Enjoy a guided walk of the deer park, or take the chance to wrap up warm and wander freely amongst groves of ancient trees.

Dunham is also home to one of Britain’s finest winter gardens, with plenty of scent and colour to delight the senses throughout the year. 

Distance from Moss Wood: 9.8 miles (approx 17 minutes).

Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank Mill sitting in stunning woodlands

The early Industrial Revolution changed our world forever. At Quarry Bank, courtesy of the National Trust, you can discover a complete industrial community and experience the very different worlds of owner and worker, who lived and worked here side by side.

On the estate there are acres of woodland to explore. Follow the meandering path of the river Bollin, and cross the folly bridges as you look out for an array of wildlife and beautiful views.

Distance from Moss Wood: 10 miles (approx 22 minutes).

Delamere Forest

One of the many tree lined pathways at Delamere Forest

The woodland is the largest in the county.  Managed by Forestry England it covers an area of 972 hectares.

Why not cycle or wander beneath the canopy at Delamere Forest where once the Norman Earls of Chester once hunted. You’ll find English oak, common beech, sweet chestnut and silver birch among other trees showing off their autumn colours.

Distance from Moss Wood: 17 miles (approx 31 minutes).

Macclesfield Forest

Stunning view across the reservoir at Macclesfield Forest

The area that makes up the forest was once part of the large Royal Forest of Macclesfield, an area owned by the Earl of Chester. It stretched from the Pennines to the Staffordshire Moorlands and the High Peak area near Whaley Bridge.

Close by are both of the highest points in Cheshire. Shining Tor – the highest at 559 metres can be seen from many areas of the forest and Shutlingsloe – at 509 metres high, overlooks the forest and is a great walk with stunning views.

Distance from Moss Wood: 16 miles (approx 35 minutes).

From idyllic rural locations to picturesque historic towns, it’s no wonder visitors return for a Cheshire break every year. Book your luxury b&b lodge at Moss Wood and start planning your trip now.