12 Outdoors- Other to explore in Cheshire
Cheshire, a geographic and historic county and former administrative county of northwestern England. The county covers 905 square miles and has a population of around 1 million. It is mostly rural, with a number of small towns and villages supporting the agricultural and other industries which produce Cheshire cheese, salt, chemicals, and silk.
Alyn Waters is the largest country park in the Wrexham area which was situated in the beautiful Alyn Valley and is currently a Green Flag accredited site. There is a variety of woodland, grassland, and riverside walk throughout the Park helping you to explore the whole site. On the Gwersyllt side, the Visitor and Environmental Education Centre have a large indoor space that is an excellent venue for meetings, education, and community groups.
Astbury Mere Country Park occupies the site of a former sand quarry, just off Newcastle Road in Congleton, Cheshire. The Country Park and Visitors Centre attracts over 140,000 visitors a year. The 14 acre site includes a 3km all-weather path around the Mere, open space, extensive woodlands and wildflower meadow.
Blakemere Village is home to a unique collective of independent shops and activities, including segway and award-winning Birds of Prey experiences, a craft workshop, children’s trails, plus food and drink outlets, all set in the heart of Cheshire. Take a stroll through the nearby woodlands, enjoy the free outdoor adventure playpark or choose many daily activities including segway or the awe-inspiring Birds of Prey experiences.
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is a beautiful country park which was set in one and a half miles you can explore an exciting 70 acres of woodland and 2000 years of history with lakes, streams, ancient monuments, and historic factories around every corner. The visitor centre is the entrance to a farm and museum. The center also provides information on woodland walks, educational activities, bird watching and fishing in the area.
A majestic and historically important church which has been a hotbed of British legend for hundreds of years, having said to have been visited by such major figures as Robin Hood and Sir Gawain. Lud's Church is an immense natural cleft in the rock on the hillside above Gradbach, in a forest area known as the Black Forest. The feature has been formed by a landslip that has detached a large section of rock from the hillside.
Hare Hill Hall is a country house and a garden in the parish of Over Alderley, Cheshire, England. The house and grounds are privately owned, and the separate nearby garden is in the care of the National Trust. The walled garden has been restored in line with Brocklehurst's vision, and now the white perennial borders sing out in summer. On warm days, enjoy a picnic in the shaded wooded garden. Autumn provides a great opportunity for invigorating walks around the garden.
The Wirral Peninsula is the rectangular spit of land located due west of Liverpool, between the River Mersey and River Dee. It’s part of the Liverpool City Region, and most of the runs here are just a short commute from the Liverpool city center. It is supposed that the land was once overgrown with bog myrtle, a plant no longer found in the area, but plentiful around Formby, to which Wirral would once have had a similar habitat.
Burton Mere Wetlands straddles the border between England and Wales with a mosaic of freshwater wetland habitats, mixed farmland and woodland. The area is bursting with wildlife, hosting avocets, egrets, harriers, noisy redshanks, swallows and swifts. The reserve is open from 9am until 9pm (or dusk if sooner) and the reception hide is open from 9:30am until 5pm. There is a charge for non-members of the RSPB.
Tegg's Nose Country Park sits on the western flanks of the Pennines overlooking Macclesfield and the Cheshire Plain to the west. Rock and man have created a landscape of dry stone walls and sturdy barns adding to the dramatic character of the steep sided valleys while many of the hill tops are pitted with old quarries.
The Wirral Way is a path on the track of an old railway that goes from West Kirby to Hooton in mid-Wirral offering superb views over the Dee Estuary to Wales. Originally the railway formed a circuit of Wirral and this is the missing link. Birds nest in the dense hedges or feed on the berries in winter, and you may see up to ten kinds of butterflies in summer.
Three Shires Head lies at the junction of three counties; Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. It was once an important crossing point over the River Dane for trains of packhorses. And a place where the horses could be rested and watered. The main landmark is a packhorse bridge. The bridge is Grade II-listed, and was probably constructed in the late 18th century.
Wirral Country Park was the first designated Country Park in Britain. You can see magnificent views of migratory birds over the River Dee, walk-on Thurstaston Beach or have a barbecue or picnic in the grasslands. It is a place of contrasts. Badgers and Foxes hunt the quieter parts, birds nest in the dense hedges or feed on the berries in winter, and you may see up to 10 kinds of butterflies in summer.