With spring around the corner – officially starts on March 20 – and many of us glad to see the end of the wet winter, now is the time to venture outdoors.
Having received one of the most useful Christmas gifts last year, a National Trust family membership, we have been enjoying various trips out and about across the South Manchester area.
Our latest latest jaunt was to Quarry Bank Mill – otherwise known as Styal Mill – and the setting for Channel 4’s The Mill.
Built in 1784 by Samuel Grieg, today it boasts fantastic woodland walks and a working museum demonstrating working conditions for mill workers in the 1700 and 1800s.
With a wide range of demonstrations and interactive areas its a great historical and educational trip for adults and children.
Parking and entry was free using the family pass with no problem finding a space even on a busy Sunday afternoon.
There is another carpark on
At the mill there were various routes to take on foot from the carpark either to the mill workers cottages or down towards the mill and cafe area. The promise of ice cream and a latte lead us down to the main mill area and courtyard.
Access to the main mill is off the courtyard, a shop and access to the National Trust cafe is also close by.
Before indulging in a light snack, we took the circular route around the lake crossing the river over a bridge and back to the main courtyard – an easy route taking around 30 mins with plenty of wildlife and a childrens play area along the route.
A great place to visit in all seasons and will be making another visit soon.
Other places in the diary are Tatton Park, The Edge at Alderley Edge, Dunham Massey, Hare Hill and Lyme Park.
Adult ticket £15.75; Child £7.85; Family £39.35 (cheaper if just visiting the mill)
Opens 10.30am-5pm mosts days
Entry and parking free if a National Trust member – full details at the National Trust website