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4 of our Favourite Family-Friendly Autumn Walks in Cheshire

By Jenny Schippers – 13th September 2021

4 of our Favourite Family-Friendly Autumn Walks in Cheshire


As the leaves turn from green to shades of gold, we all pray for those incredible Autumn days where the sun shines and we can enjoy the change in the seasons. Now more than ever, it is increasingly difficult to spend time indoors with friends and family so why not plan for those weekends in October and November where we can rug up and head outdoors before the winter sets in.

Here I share four of our favourite family-friendly Autumn walks in Cheshire; from City strolls to woodland wanders, we have it all in our beautiful county. All these trails have been completed with my 4 and 7-year-old in tow, so they are incredibly child-friendly and dog-friendly!

For accessibility, I would recommend a baby carrier rather than a pram for the Chester Walls walk however, Lymm Dam, Marbury Park and, Dunham Massey are pram and wheelchair friendly in some or all parts. Where possible, I have also included some ideas of places to visit and eat before or after your walk so you can make a full day of it.

4 of our Favourite Family-Friendly Autumn Walks in Cheshire


Lymm Dam

Lymm WA13 0UG


This is our family’s go-to Autumn walk in Cheshire. Come rain or shine we love this versatile waterside walk. There are numerous trails, mainly paved paths or boardwalks so you can go as far as you wish (or your little ones allow). My advice would be to park in the free car park on Crouchley Lane or in the designated bays on the main road (A56) alongside the dam itself. Both parking spots give you direct access to the circular walking trails around the Dam.

There is plenty of wildlife to spot, muddy puddles to jump in, and trees to climb. You can circumnavigate the Dam in 30-40 minutes with children, after which you can cross the road and take the steps down into Lymm Village or walk to the neighbouring Church Green Pub. This independent establishment, owned by Aiden Byrne, has an outdoor seating area with heaters where you can order Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, or a snack from the Deli.


Marbury Park

Comberbach, CW9 6AT


This sprawling Country Park is located close to the pretty villages of Great Budworth and Comberbach, a short drive away from Northwich. Originally a grand estate, the lime tree avenues, and arboretum remain. During the Summer months, there is an outdoor pool that is open to the public as well as a picnic area and playground. There are over 350 hectares of parkland to explore which is a mixture of pathways, woodland trails, and cycle routes; the perfect Autumn walk in Cheshire.

Budworth Lake is an easy walk and there are plenty of ducks to spot from the water’s edge. There is a large Pay and Display car park and on-site toilets. Why not combine a trip to Marbury Park with a visit to the Anderton Boat Lift, the Hollies Farm Shop at Stretton, or the Barons Quay entertainment complex in Northwich.  Here you will find BEAR, a super stylish yet family-friendly coffee shop to enjoy lunch overlooking the River Weaver (read my review here).


Dunham Massey

Altrincham, WA13 4SJ


This beautiful National Trust Mansion and grounds provides visitors with a stunning Autumnal backdrop. The ancient parkland is still home to a resident population of deer and during the month of October, it is not uncommon to see them rutting as they battle for supremacy. The clash of antlers is certainly a sight to be seen but because of this, it is important to keep dogs on a short lead and children at a safe distance during your visit. The long avenues at Dunham lend themselves perfectly to scooters, bikes, and prams.

If you have a National Trust membership, it is certainly worth getting tickets to explore the pretty formal gardens, you may even catch a glimpse of the illuminated Christmas light trail that begins early November and runs through the month of December. Within the grounds of Dunham, The Stables Restaurant is open and serves a selection of hot and cold food/drinks including takeaways making it the ideal place for an Autumn walk in Cheshire. Whilst in the area, you could also combine your visit with a trip to Altrincham Market, The Rope & Anchor pub, or a local pumpkin patch


Chester City Walls


This is a bit of a wild card! More of an urban stroll than a countryside walk but incredibly pretty and an interesting way of seeing the city of Chester. Safe and away from the traffic, you can circumnavigate the city in under an hour. There are lots of breaks in the walls where you can drop down and explore various parts of Chester. My recommendation would be to enjoy a stroll along the riverfront, over the Chain Bridge, and back towards Handbridge (see this walk in more detail here).

The Roman Gardens and Amphitheatre close to Grosvenor Gardens, which deserves a visit in its own right, will appeal to any history buffs making for a really interesting Autumn walk in Cheshire. Afterwards walk over the famous Eastgate Clock and down onto Eastgate Street bringing you into the heart of the famous shopping district close to the Grosvenor Hotel. From here you can enjoy a hearty brunch/lunch at Shrub (Vegan) or the Flower Cup on Chester Rows.


Make sure to tag me in your favourite Autumn walks Cheshire using the hashtag #makingmemoriesincheshire


Jenny x


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