Tatton Park's Parkland
*Please be aware Dairy Wood Way has been temporarily closed for essential woodland management work Including tree felling, Rhododendron removal to prevent 'Phytopthora'infection and path improvement work. We apologise for any inconvenience.
The appearance of the Parkland today owes much to the ideas of the landscape architect Humphrey Repton (1752-1818) though there is evidence of habitation here during the Stone Age.
A deer park since 1290, Tatton's parkland is now home to herds of Red and Fallow deer which roam freely in the wide open spaces. Rare breed St Kilda and Soay sheep have also been a feature here since 1887 and the 1930s respectively, and every season brings its own rich variety of birds and wildlife.
2,000 acres of landscaped deer park, woodland, meres and farmland make up the Tatton estate of which 1,000 acres are open to the public for exploring by bike, on foot or on horseback.
Things to remember during your visit to the Parkland
- Thank you for helping us keep our beautiful Parkland tidy and clean for all our visitors by taking your litter home on your visit. For those that need a litter bin they are provided near our buildings, catering outlets and facilities.
- BLUE GREEN ALGAE Blue green algae has been detected in the Mere. Algal scum can develop rapidly. If you see any, avoid it and the water near it. Animals can be affected. Dog owners should ensure that dogs do not access the meres.
- Dogs are welcome in the parkland under close control. Please see dog walkers guidelines here.
- BE TICK AWARE whenever you are outdoors enjoying the countryside.Please read our helpful tips on Ticks here (PDF 142KB).
What to do in Tatton's Parkland
The creation of a conservation area on Beech Avenue provides a wonderful walking experience for visitors to the Parkland. Find out more
The two Meres at Tatton Park not only provide a valuable wetland habitat for resident and migrating birds but one is also used for fishing and sailing and the surrounding areas provide a perfect setting for picnics. Today the parkland is also utilised as an educational resource with environmental school programmes from March through to October and Tatton Park ranger-led nature walks. In case of emergency on the parkland, call the Rangers’ mobile on 07768 154884.
Beautiful scenery and outdoor spaces are abundant in Cheshire's Peak District which includes the world renowned Peak District National Park within its 100 square miles. The area also includes the Gritstone Trail, a 35 mile walking route taking in wild moorland, rocky outcrops, impressive peaks and breathtaking scenery.
What can I find in Tatton's Parkland?
Download the Tatton Park free Parkland Explorer booklet (PDF, 1.5MB) - a fantastic way for families to enjoy learning more about Tatton's Parkland. Experience our Tremendous Tatton Views - chosen by Tatton Park staff!
To join the rangers on guided walks, tours and activities - find out more about guided walks guided walks at Tatton Park.
For bird lovers the New Allen Bird Hide on the edge of Tatton's Melchett Mere provides the perfect spot for watching birds.
Millennium Wood is a beautiful protected area of Tatton's parkland where over 30 indigenous trees have been planted. See Tatton's map of the parkland (JPG, 937KB) and a map of Millennium Wood (PDF, 265KB).
Essential conservation work
PLEASE KEEP TO THE PATH AT ALL TIMES. FOR SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL REASONS PLEASE KEEP TO THE STONE TRACK AT ALL TIMES. DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEAD.
As part of our responsibility to care for and manage woodland and wetland bordering the Mere we need to clear invasive species such as Rhododendron and Sycamore in Dog Wood.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your continued assistance in keeping to the path. While dogs are always welcome we ask that you could ensure leads are kept on through this area and they are prevented from straying into the woods.
This area is a designated SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest) and RAMSAR site (an intergovernmental convention for the conservation of wetlands) and as such is an extremely sensitive woodland area. In accordance with the agreed objectives drawn up by Natural England, The National Trust and Tatton Park, this wood is being managed to optimise the habitat potential. The important work will encourage the ground cover and biodiversity of this scarce and sensitive wet woodland habitat. Dead wood will be retained, both standing and fallen, and boggy areas encouraged. As a result wildlife will flourish and the conservation of the area will improve.