The Northwich Woodlands is an area of vibrant and accessible parkland with more than 350 hectares to explore and discover. Amongst the varied and delightful scenery there are miles of surfaced paths to enjoy at your own pace.
Cyclists may choose from a wide range of safe, traffic-free routes that are suitable for all the family. The more adventurous can link up with national cycle routes to travel further afield.
Horse riders will find a rare chance for riding in the midst of beautiful surroundings.
Visitors can enjoy an insight into how the present landscape is a window to the past; witness the historic landscapes of Marbury Country Park to the industrial past of the Flashes and Anderton Nature Park.
Since Roman times, the area has been mined for salt. Many mines collapsed leaving large craters and wet 'flashes', which were then filled with waste materials from the local chemical industry. The unusual conditions have created a unique environment, providing a home for many plants and animals that are scarce in Cheshire and far removed from their usual surroundings.
All goes to make the Northwich Woodlands a fascinating and exciting place to explore.
Northwich Woodlands includes the following areas:
Anderton Nature Park (including Anderton Boat Lift)
Ashton's and Neuman's Flashes
Dairy House Meadows
Hopyards and Uplands
Marbury Country Park
Witton Mill Meadow
All sites contain Access for All routes, alongside more challenging routes unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Car parking is available at all sites either adjacent or within easy walking distance.
Exploring further afield
With the exception of the island site of Furey Wood, all other sites lie within the heart of the Northwich Woodlands. Cyclists can explore the links with national cycle ways, whilst pedestrians can combine a visit to Northwich Woodlands with routes such as the North Cheshire Way.
The Rangers' Office, Marbury Country Park, Comberbach, Northwich, CW9 6AT.