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LAURUS LIFE | Lifestyle
One of the biggest reasons to buy a home in Cheshire is to enjoy the beautiful countryside that makes up so much of the county. From the wide open spaces of Tatton Park to the stunning forest at Delamere to the foothills of the Pennines, Cheshire has it all, right on your doorstep.
Here’s our guide to the very best that Cheshire’s countryside has to offer:
To say that there’s a lot to do at Tatton Park would be an understatement but even without its many events and attractions, it would still be a place of great natural beauty. Centred around an 18th Century Neo-Classical mansion set in 50 acres of beautiful gardens and 1000 acres of wild and rugged parklands, Tatton has something for everyone.
There’s wildlife (deer and sheep roam the parklands, along with foxes, badgers, birds, bats and much more), a working farm, a Japanese garden, a playground and many events that take place all year round, including outdoor cinemas, pop-up festivals and family events. Or you can just explore…
Set right on the doorstep of our homes at Earlsbrook, Delamere Forest is what we have left of the ancient forest of Mara and to visit it is to be transported back to the days when so much of Cheshire was covered by these woodlands, wetlands and peat bogs. It’s a place of beauty and tranquility but also adventure.
Along with several walking trails (including the interactive Gruffalo trail) there’s cycling routes, horse riding, Segways and the Go Ape! course up in the treetops, where the views are spectacular. Just don’t look down…
Dating back to 1830 when a local banker built himself a new house and estate, Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden has outlived the house – which was knocked down in 1975 – and been refurbished and opened up for the public to enjoy.
There are two main gardens here, including the Pleasure Garden, which has three ponds, circular walks and ornamental ducks, as well as the Kitchen Garden, where the food for the house was grown in glasshouses. As well as enjoying the views and the peace and quiet, you can also sample the food in the café.
The village of Lymm is an attraction all of its own, but for natural beauty you should head to the Dam, which was built in 1824 during the creation of the A56. Since then, it has become a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation with a variety of footpaths branching off from it to help people explore the local woodlands.
Whether you take a picnic to eat on your walk or grab a bite in the village itself, a trip to Lymm Dam is a great escape into the Cheshire countryside.
Alderley Edge may be best known these days as the glamourous home of the rich and famous, but its most appealing feature isn’t any of its boutique shops or celeb hangouts, it’s the Edge itself.
A sandstone escarpment that offers incredible views across Cheshire, it’s the centrepiece of a beautiful walk through the nearby woodlands with names like Devil’s Grave, Wizard’s Walk and Stormy Point adding a touch of magic to the experience.
This village is best known as the birthplace of Lewis Carroll and there’s plenty of Alice In Wonderland references to spot, including the stained-glass window in All Saints Church, along with Lewis Caroll’s Boyhood Walk, where you can follow in his footsteps.
However, a visit here also needs to involve exploring the beautiful forested hills of Daresbury Firs, a plantation from the 1970s on the site of a former woodland. Despite the lack of actual fir trees – there’s three species of pine along with birches – it’s a great place for a birdspotting walk.
As you can see, there’s plenty of natural beauty to enjoy in Cheshire, and lots of fun activities you can take part in while you’re there too. All of this can be right on your doorstep if you live here, so why not check out our latest properties in Cheshire?
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