4.1 of 5 (10 votes)

Tatton Park, National Trust

A leisurely walk (countryside) in Cheshire, England, about 7.98km (4.96 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 39m (127ft)
Loss 45m (147ft)
Max. Elevation 80m (262ft)
Elevation (total) 84m (274ft)
Start & End
Knutsford
Distance 7.98km
(4.96mi)
Duration ~2:00
Difficulty  
Leisurely
1Created by driver 16 on 10 Jan 2013
Even on a foggy, frosty day, this walk, on the same rail line as my walks at Delamere and Northwich, was well worth it. Free access for all pedestrians to parklands; NT members free entry to mansion and gardens; 50% discount to Home Farm and normal admission charge to Old Hall (includes guided tour). Check opening times with NT website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tattonpark Changes are inevitable with the changing seasons, but this was a truly worthwhile experience and for any aircraft enthusiasts, the estate lies directly beneath the takeoff flight path of runway 2 at Manchester Airport, so, on a good clear day, you should see plenty of planes. 

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Walk Map

Waypoints

OS Grid SJ752783
Leave through ticket office, turn right into car park, downhill to King Street.
King Street About 0.11 km (~0.07 miles) from
OS Grid SJ753784
Turn left. This delightful route passes numerous attractive shops, cafes and restaurants. Go straight on to see pedestrian access to Tatton Park.
Pedestrian entrance to Tatton Park About 0.64 km (~0.4 miles) from
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Ahead to main entrance.
Main entrance About 0.18 km (~0.11 miles) from
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Enter through gate to see attendant's kiosk. Take path to the right, which will take you down to Tatton Mere.
Tatton Mere About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from
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Follow path on lakeside.
End of Tatton Mere About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
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See sign for sailing on right, then through gate on left. Stay on path on left to reach Melchett Mere.
Allen hide About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
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For birdwatching, follow path to end of lake.
End of lake About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
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Follow well-defined path in direction of Tatton Hall, which, on this foggy January day, was not in sight, but on normal day (I was assured by a local) you would see it.
Entrance to Tatton Hall About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
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Turn left, stay on drive to main carpark.
Main car park About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from
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Turn left and first left to entrance to courtyard.
Courtyard About 0.07 km (~0.04 miles) from
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Attractions include Scammel trucks, roundabout rides, vintage cars and coaches (horse drawn, see pictures at flickr), cycle hire, cafe, gift shop, farm shop, garden shop (for entrance to gardens) and reception for entrance to mansion.
Gardens About 0.12 km (~0.07 miles) from
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I would recommend a visit to anyone. 50 acres representing most gardening styles since the 1700s: kitchen garden, vegetable garden, rose garden, tower garden, Italian garden, topiary, Japanese garden, conservatory Charlotte's garden, etc. and a maze if you want to lose the kids! See photos at flickr, you can easily spend a few hours there.
Exit out of estate About 0.18 km (~0.11 miles) from
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After doing and seeing all I could at this time of year, (and I would certainly visit again) I left down the main drive. I caught a view of one of the herds of deer; venison available in farm shop. Head back to the station.
Station About 3.40 km (~2.11 miles) from
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End of walk and a great day out, I will certainly go again.

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