Stopfordians: is Bramhall Park a firm favourite among your local lockdown routes?
The Tudor manor house and its surroundings certainly make for a great day out, pandemic or not.
Its origins date back to the Middle Ages, and the hall and its residual 60-acre grassland form a large part of Stockport’s history. It’s one of the borough’s best kept treasures – and with its 16th century paintings, striking Elizabethan plaster ceiling and Victorian kitchens giving this manor house a unique charm – the property’s of great national importance, too.
Bramhall Hall’s doors remain closed for the time being, but the grounds are open and free for locals to explore. With the choice of woodland walks across brooks and lakes, if you’re not local to Stockport, Bramhall Hall is definitely worth a visit when restrictions allow it.
In the meantime, if you’re looking to switch up your routine and add a little challenge to your next visit, a trail just outside of the park makes for a great 7-mile walk.
Taking a sharp right out of the pedestrian entrance of the park eventually takes you to a traffic-free route, Happy Valley – part of the Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail.
To extend the walk, you can follow the trail to Cheadle, stopping off at another of Stockport’s hidden gems, Abney Hall. Or if you’re up for a real stretch of the legs, you can use the suburban green waterside corridors to walk all the way to Lyme Park, one of the England’s grandest structures and parkland.
Flowing from Cheshire’s slice of the Peak District all the way to the River Mersey, this 11-mile traffic-free route follows a variety of changing landscapes and habitats.
Alternatively, to follow the shorter circular loop, exit the trail at Chester road, and follow the route around Poynton Pool.
After taking in the views of the water, ancient trees and wildlife, head for Lower Park Road at the western edge of the pool to begin the return leg back to Bramhall Park.
The circular route is pretty flat for the entire duration, making it a great little trail for your next lockdown walk in Stockport.
You can find further details of the routes around Bramhall Hall on Stockport Council’s website: