Make the most of the outdoor space on your doorstep

The longer days and lighter nights are here making it easier to get out in the evenings after work or enjoy some family time in the fresh air at the weekend.

With Heatherley Wood nestled within the beautiful natural surroundings of Alderley Park and in the heart of Cheshire close to the National Trust parklands of Alderley Edge and Hare Hill, it is so easy to really make the most of the outside space on your doorstep with these four fantastic suggestions for getting out and about.

WALK

Simply stunning, the Alderley Park estate is a wonderful natural playground offering miles of footpaths and woodland trails and a magnificent lake teaming with wildlife that is perfect for evening strolls and exciting Sunday adventures. Just a few short steps lead back to nature with parkland to explore, tracks to roam and trees to climb. Paths are suitable for walking, running and cycling offering an almost endless array of options for fitness enthusiasts and families alike.

Just a few minutes walk down the road from Heatherley Wood is The Edge; steeped in myth, legend and local folklore, it is the perfect place for an adventure walk. Start at the famous Wizard Inn and Tearooms and make your way through the forest to The Edge and be rewarded with spectacular views of the rolling Cheshire plains. The Edge is a great place to let off some steam with stick collecting, den building, leaf jumping and hide and seek. Plus, the circular walk can easily be done in a couple of hours or less making it a great option at any time.

RUN

Whether you’re a club runner or prefer to get the miles in alone, Alderley Park is home to a number of designated running trails to suit all levels and abilities that connect easily with local road and off-road routes. Local running clubs regularly hold events in the park, and runners use the clearly signposted beautiful woodland trails for off-road running across all seasons.

RIDE

Although hilly in places, Alderley Edge and the surrounding areas are a magnet for road cyclists and mountain bikers who are drawn to the country lanes and great views. Famous routes for road cyclists include Swiss Hill, Blaze Hill and challenging Brickworks Climb, but there are plenty of options for families too, who can cycle around the parkland on their doorstep or venture further afield to Wilmslow or Styal.

PICNIC

The walled garden at The National Trust’s Hare Hill is the perfect place for a picnic. The enclosed grassy setting offers a safe place for little ones to run around and for families to meet and chat over a leisurely picnic. It’s just a short walk from the car park to the walled garden – and look out for the hares!