GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wilmslow Walk

4 miles (6 km)

This walk from Wilmslow visits the popular Carrs Park before following the River Bollin to the nearby Styal Country Park and Woods. It's a pretty area with riverside footpaths, woodland trails and old mills to see on the way. The walk to Styal Park is about 2 miles so it's a 4 mile round trip, taking place on a fairly flat trail.
The walk starts just to the west of the train station where you can pick up paths leading into Carrs Park. This public park was opened in 1935 and covers 70 acres with nice riverside footpaths. After passing through the park the footpaths bend round to the north to take you to Styal Country Park and the National Trust's Quarry Bank Mill. Thisindustrial heritage site is a wonderful place for a stroll with a fascinating history stretching back hundreds of years. It's the home to Samuel Greg's 18th century cotton mill which was powered by the water of the river Bollin. You can tour the mill and find out how it operated and the global cotton trade of the time. Also nearby is Styal village where you can see the old worker cottages and find out about how they lived and worked. The estate includes woodland and picturesque gardens too it is a great place for an easy stroll.
After exploring the site you return to the town centre on the same paths.
The waymarked North Cheshire Way and the Bollin Valley Way pass through the town. These long distance footpaths are both fine ways of further exploring the area. Also nearby is the historic town of Knutsford which includes the splendid Tatton Park.

Postcode

SK9 4AA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Wilmslow OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wilmslow Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Coach and Four is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The friendly pub is set in an 18th century coaching house and has a very good menu. There's also a lovely garden area to sit out in if the weather is good. You can find it on Alderley Rd, witha postcode of SK9 1PA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The river paths and woodland make for a fine dog walk and the Coach and Four pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A short train ride south will take you to the village of Alderley Edge. Here you can try the Alderley Edge Walk and visit a lovely National Trust owned woodland. There's fine views to the Pennine Hills from the elevated position of the wood. The woods are a very popular place for dog walkers too.
To the south east the worthy village of Prestbury is well worth a visit. The village includes several listed timber framed buildings, a 17th century pub, a picturesque churchyard and views of the River Bollin. Look out for famous faces too as it is one of the most desirable places to live in the north with many celebrities and footballers purchasing expensive properties in the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheshire Walks page.

Photos

Wilmslow - River Bollin at the north end of The Carrs - geograph.org.uk - 256348

River Bollin at the north end of The Carrs Wilmslow

Wilmslow - River Bollin near the east end of The Carrs - geograph.org.uk - 256352

River Bollin near the east end of The Carrs

Mill Works Houses in Styal - geograph.org.uk - 734134

Mill Works Houses in Styal. Part of the housing for Quarry Bank Mill workers

Quarry Bank House

Photograph of Quarry Bank House, the home of Samuel Greg, founder of Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill Footbridge

Packhorse bridge over the River Bollin at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal

Quarry Bank Mill - geograph.org.uk - 793912

Quarry Bank Mill

Cottage on Styal Estate Village - geograph.org.uk - 734167

Cottage on Styal Estate Village. Picture postcard cottage and English country garden.

Thatched Cottages at Styal - geograph.org.uk - 734171

Thatched Cottages at Styal. Beautiful kept cottages and courtyards at Styal Estate Village

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GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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