Beech woods along the beautiful River Bollin
walk around the Styal Estate is what Sunday afternoons in winter are all about. So give the central heating the slip for a while and set off in the crisp, fresh air, crunching your way through piles of autumnal leaves and on along the banks of the gushing River Bollin. The dog will certainly appreciate it, as you let her off the lead for her ‘mad half-hour’ (and maybe a quick dip).
With most of this area belonging to the National Trust (gawd bless ‘em), the various walking routes are clearly sign-posted and the paths well maintained, so while you might need your Wellies, you can leave the armbands at home – the trails here rarely get water-logged.
Once you’ve had a dose of frosty air, why not head over to the café at Quarry Bank Mill for something hot and sweet to warm you up. You could even pick up some presents from the gift shop if you’re not in a hurry, or take a look round the Victorian mill itself – it’sincredibly well preserved you know.