Even though it’s a bit chilly right now (and likely to get chillier as winter progresses), that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about, finding all sorts of fun outdoor pursuits in Cheshire and beyond to take part in.
But where to begin? If you’re not sure where to start your search for outdoor activities in the north-west of the UK, have a quick read of our handy little guide right here… we’ve counted down some of the very best Cheshire-based pursuits just for you. Never say we don’t give you anything!
The Lymm Dam Heritage Trail
Whether you’re on your own or with the family, the walk around Lymm Dam and a potter around the quaint little village will always be a fun day out. There’s the upper dam, nestled in the heart of the countryside, and a lower dam that you can find in the village itself. The walks are accessible and the majority of the paths disabled-friendly, so everyone can enjoy this wonderful part of the Cheshire countryside.
Make your way to the Wetlands at this time of year and you’ll likely see all sorts of migrant birds, including wood sandpipers, little stints and more, and little egret numbers peak this season as well so it’s the perfect place for birdwatchers. Keep an eye out for hen harriers and pink-footed geese to really round the day off to perfection.
Winter is a great time of year to head off to the wetlands as well, so perhaps put a date in the diary for a few weeks’ time too. You can see thrushes and starlings, as well as Bewick’s and Whooper swans. If you want to see shy water rail, then head out on freezing cold day, as they’ll be breaking their cover to look for food.
This is one of the most complete historic estates in the UK and well worth a visit if you haven’t been before, no matter what time of year it is. There are 50 acres of gardens to explore and they’re a near-complete picture of how they would have looked during Edwardian times. There’s also a maze and an arboretum with nearly 900 interesting and varied plants to discover.
There’s also a 40-acre working farm in Tatton Dale with plenty to see, including an 18th century mill, the chance to meet farm workers from the past and the present, and the opportunity to learn about how slaughter was carried out with a visit to the original slaughterhouse.
It’s also possible to become one of the volunteers, with a variety of roles around the farm up for grabs. You could take on a living history role, for example, or work alongside the shire horses as a teamsman.