What do you do on a cold but sunny January weekend at the end of a wet and windy school holiday? Wrap up warm and head out for a Winter walk. On Saturday we woke to sunshine and blue skies so we decided to head out for a walk to blow away the cobwebs (and work off some of the mince pies). We chose one of our local National Trust properties, Quarry bank mill. The mill is currently closed for renovation but we mainly go for the outdoor space.
We started with a walk around the top garden where there were a few bells hidden about for children to spot. I love the glass house which I believe was only restored in the last few years. It was a nice break from the cold too.
I love this little area at the back of the shop where there is always a little seasonal activity for kids. This time it was making a nature garland. Last time it was potting seeds.
After exploring the walled garden some more it was time for lunch. It was too cold for the girls really so we had a picnic in the car.
Once we’d eaten and warmed up a bit we head back out for a walk. We walked into the little village and down into the woods as far as we could before the paths got too steep for the pushchair.
Then it was down to the park. They seem to have added a natural play area since our last visit but F said she wasn’t big enough. I suspect she would have been for some of it. We had planned to head home after a few goes on the slide for F but she spotted the lower gardens and requested we walk that way.
Finally, we stopped and had a quick look around the newly restored mill owners house. It was all dressed for a twelfth-night party where we were told turtle soup followed by pigeon pie amongst other things was on the menu. You can imagine what my fussy eaters thought of that idea.
We love visiting quarry bank as there are lots of different areas to walk around. There are also usually lots of activities on for children of different ages, especially in the school holidays. We spotted that they are starting a monthly nature explorers event next month which I think F will love.
Looking for another family day out in Cheshire? What about another of my favourite National Trust Properties – Dunham Massey
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