Days out – Woodlands, lakes and nature reserves

Here are some woodlands, lakes and nature reserves in and around Knutsford which are perfect to explore with the family. For more days out ideas click here.

The times given are approximate times to drive from Knutsford without traffic…please check journey times yourself before you travel!! Please also check opening times as some attractions are closed on some days or for part of the year.

Woodlands, lakes and nature reserves

Tatton Park – 0 mins  – Open parkland with lake and woodland (as well as adventure playground, farm and cafes). FREE to explore parkland if enter by foot.

Shakerley Mere –  10 mins – FREE – short walk around mere on flat path, so good for buggies and little legs! Lots of ducks and other birds.

Dunham Massey – 15 mins – large deer parkland to explore (as well as house, gardens, ice cream parlour and cafe). FREE to explore parkland but there is a charge for parking

Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve – 15 mins – FREE (parking charge) woodland, lake, meadow and wetlands. Path suitable for prams.

Delamere Forest – 30 mins – FREE (parking charge) forest with walking and cycling trails for all abilities and Gruffalo orienteering trail (£1.50)

Tegg’s Nose – 30 mins – FREE (parking charge) country park with stunning views over Macclesfield forest. There is a shorter flat walk suitable for families.

Rudyard Lake – 45 mins – FREE (charge for train) – short flat walk through woodland from car park to lake or else catch the miniature steam railway! There is a cafe by lake and at train station. Railway doesn’t operate every day and is closed in the winter, please check website.

Formby – 55 mins – FREE (charge for parking if not NT member) – walks around the coastline including some easier walks through the woodland to spot red squirrels or through the asparagus fields. National Trust.