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Visitor Activities

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The 1,000 acre Parkland provides ample opportunity to walk, run, cycle, fly a kite, horse ride and have a picnic. 

Cycling

Hire a bike and enjoy hundreds of acres of Tatton's beautiful Parkland. The Cyclehire shop in the Stableyard is open weekends and school holidays. Click here for more information

There are woodland/parkland walks and a nature trail marked on the Parkland map.

Tatton Park Trails

There are many trail options available at Tatton Park to keep you walking

Nature Trail Booklet

A Nature Trail has been devised by Tatton Park's Rangers this is a wonderful way to enjoy Tatton's Parkland and its natural habitat. Nature Trail booklets are available from any of Tatton's shops or entrances for 50p and include maps, trails and striking photographs of the estate's wildlife and flora. Proceeds from the booklet go to Tatton Park Trust to help raise funds for its charitable objectives.  The trail follows the 1 hour walk to the area of parkland round the Old Hall and back again. On the way, look out for plants, birds and animals which are shown in the leaflet. It offers easy walking on level ground and is suitable for families with older children and for adults. There is an additional 30 minute loop round Melchett Mere, which is also marked in the leaflet.

Sound Walk

Visitors can now enjoy a new experience at Tatton. The Sound Walk is an evocative and enjoyable one hour journey through the Estate's parkland.  Created by Lucie Potter during her one place artist's residency the trail is based on Tatton Park's history and has been made by Tatton's staff and visitors. Click here to view the Parkland map.

Beech Avenue Conservation Trail

Our conservation trail provides a wonderful walking experience for visitors to the parkland. The Beech Avenue Conservation Trail is 2 kilometres long and will take approximately ¾ hour to fully appreciate. Along the way walkers will be able to learn about the history, wildlife and landscape features of the avenue and its immediate surroundings through a number of interpretation panels from the bats and insects that inhabit this area to the ice house and tank bridges that can be seen along the route.

This trail was created to protect the valuable veteran tree habitat of Beech Avenue. The avenue runs along the eastern perimeter of the park from Knutsford entrance at the southern end to the perimeter of the formal gardens at the northern end. The avenue was originally planted in 1739, thus many of the trees have now reached the ancient phase of their lives, the most valuable for wildlife. The holes, decay, fissures and dead wood host numerous invertebrates (including nationally scarce species) and provide legally protected roosting and nesting sites for birds and bats.

The constant footfall that Beech Avenue receives compacts the root system of the trees, meaning it becomes more difficult for them to gain nutrient effectively. To maximise the life span of the veteran trees, erecting a fence prevents further erosion whilst still allowing visitors to enjoy the wonderful avenue from a discreet distance. This will also allow Tatton’s Red and Fallow deer a sheltered, undisturbed area to graze and calve, but still provide a magnificent sight to visitors who can view them in their natural setting. Click here to view the Parkland map.

Footpaths to Fitness

We have a footpaths to fitness trail which provides 1,000 acres of Parkland to explore. Get active and enjoy some of Tatton’s tremendous views on this walk along Tatton Mere and around the Parkland. Follow the route which is clearly marked with waymarks and look out for amazing wildlife and Tatton’s famous Red and Fallow deer along the way. Choose from a 2.5 mile walk along Tatton's beautiful Mere (from Dog Wood entrance and back) or continue on the circular walk and enjoy a 5.5 mile enjoyable walk around the Parkland, taking approximately 2 hours. Click here to view the trail.

Explorer Booklet

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!

Tatton Park's Adventure Playground

Conveniently located near the main car park, Tatton Park's adventure playground is one of our younger visitors' main reasons for visiting. It is suitable for children of all ages and abilities, from toddlers to teens. With over 30 rides, some fully accessible for wheelchairs, it is fun and free!

Picnicing and BBQing at Tatton Park

Tatton is an ideal location to enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge, in the woodland shade or on the open grassland.
BBQ’s are to be used only in the designated area and in compliance with our BBQ guidance leaflet (PDF, 97KB) and BBQ area map (PDF, 195kb). The designated area is currently beyond the mansion and main car park onto the final grass section and is signposted. BBQ’s are currently under review.

Enjoy horse riding, sailing and fishing

(certain restrictions do apply, see below).

Horse Riding

Permitted high and low season
Cost: £6.00 vehicle + £6.00 rider
Riding area extends to land west of Knutsford Drive. Riders must wear approved safety hat.

Click here for the Horse Riding regulations and Map (PDF, 319KB).

Sailing

Permitted high season only - please note there is no public sailing, 2/8/17 - 19/8/17 inclusive.

Cost: Half day with permit £6, without permit £10. Full day with permit £10, without permit £20. Annual permit £40
Sailing on Tatton Mere only. Sailboards and sailing dinghies up to 16ft only. No canoes or inflatables. Crews must wear life jackets/buoyancy aids.

Click here for the the Sailing regulations (PDF, 137KB) and Map (PDF, 416KB).

Fishing

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We cater for the pleasure angler but we can also organise matches, which can be booked via the Rangers office by contacting 01625 374414 and asking or leaving details for Simon Jones.

Pre-baiting only allowed during open fishing season and two weeks prior as we operate a closed fishing season 15th March – 15th June Inclusive.

Coarse fishing season: See fishing regulations for exact dates of the coarse fishing season
Cost: Adults £7 per day, Child £4 per day
Fishing Reach is on the west bank of Tatton Mere. Species include Carp, Roach, Bream, Tench, Perch and Pike.
A record Carp weighing over 50lb was caught during 2011 and a pike weighing 31lb was caught in 2001.

Click here for the Fishing regulations (PDF, 89KB) and Map (PDF, 162KB).

Fishy News:

Pike caught on a plug around twenty pounds in weight.

If you want to try some arm and rod bending action Tatton is the place. 

We are compiling a gallery and need your photos! Email us: tattonmarketing@cheshireeast.gov.uk or using Social channels to @tatton_park  #tattonpark

Any clubs looking for match dates should contact Simon Jones through either the rangers office or main reception on 01625 37 4414/4400.

Bird Watching at Tatton Park

Visitors to Tatton Park are able to enjoy nature watching from the Allen Bird Hide. The Hide is situated on the edge of Melchett Mere alongside the Knutsford Drive immediately after the turning to the Old Hall. Beautiful scenery and the prospect a number of bird species and other forms of wildlife await the visitor.

The Hide can accommodate 10 people and is open during park opening times (closed 30 minutes before the park closes.) Binoculars are not provided.

During the summer there’s the chance to spot Kingfishers and Sand Martins over the mere and a number of woodland birds including Nuthatches, Treecreepers and Great Spotted Woodpecker. During the winter wildfowl numbers increase including Shoveler, Golden Eye, Wigeon and Tufted Duck.

Use of Skateboards, Segways and Balance Boards are not permitted in the Park.