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The Best Autumnal Walks in Cheshire

By Jenny Schippers – 30th September 2020

The Best Autumnal 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 are my favourite, and the most beautiful, Autumnal walks in Cheshire. All these trails have been completed with my 3 and 6-year-old in tow, so they are incredibly family-friendly, dog friendly and grandparent friendly! 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.

My Favourite Autumnal Walks in Cheshire

Lymm Dam, Lymm WA13 0UG

This is our family’s go-to walk. 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. 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 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 on the 20th 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. 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 (Dunham Pumpkins/Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm being closeby).

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 or a walk over the famous Eastgate Clock and down onto Eastgate Street brings you into the heart of the shopping district. From here enjoy brunch/lunch at Shrub or the Flower Cup.

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


Jenny x


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