Tatton Park

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Tatton Park is a 11.9 kilometer loop trail located near Knutsford, Cheshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Distance: 11.9 km Elevation Gain: 363 m Route Type: Loop



bird watching




partially paved


This walk is around the estate known as Tatton Park at Knutsford. Tatton has three historic tree avenues, Rostherne Drive, Lady Mary’s Walk and the Beech Avenue. This walk starts from the grand entrance gate at the Knutsford end and followed the Beech Avenue conservation trail. This historic avenue of beech trees was originally planted in 1739 by Samuel Egerton. A fence has been erected restricting access for walkers. The idea is to allow the trees in their decline, with dead limbs and structural weaknesses to die and fall naturally thus creating an invaluable biological ecosystem without the need for high impact tree cutting work. The excellent information points explain all in much more detail. The trees provide a habitat for the Red and Fallow Deer of the park who browse on the lower branches creating a browse line. The female deer will ‘drop’ their calves in June, the trees providing shelter in summer downpours. From 1940 to 1946 Tatton Park was used for parachute training when 400,000 live drops were made. The No1 parachute training school was based at nearby Ringwood, now Manchester Airport. There are two main ‘meres’, Tatton Mere and Melchette Mere. The estate is well known for hosting the RHS Tatton Garden Festival and various open air concerts by the Halle Orchestra. A ‘Millennium Wood’ has been planted with 30 different species of native trees from Alder to Wych Elm for the benefit of future generations. Returning to Knutsford the buildings in Dury Lane were adapted from a tannery into cottages and a laundry by glove merchant Richard Harding Watt. He also built the Ruskin Rooms, opened in 1902, as a reading room in an unusual mediterranean style. From 1944 to 1945 they were used by officers of the American Third Army being opened by General George Patton, the commanding officer.

10 days ago

Great for Wild Life. Lovely walks. Nice picnic spots.

1 month ago

Great walk. Easy to follow the mapped route or have your own diversion. Really nice to see the far side of the park and got to see several different deer herds. Good for dogs but would have to be on lead near loose sheep and deer. Some areas of no shade but able to walk to different clumps of trees for shade. Great views!

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