Five best places to explore in Cheadle

  • For months we were told not to drive to beauty spots but to exercise in our own local areas
  • So some of our NQ reporters got to spend more time exploring the often underused green spaces available on their doorstep
  • Katy Rushton shares her favourite spots for socially distanced exercise in Cheadle 

1. ‘Seven Arches’/Ladybrook Valley

Accessible via Ladybridge Road or through Bramhall Park, this is a great walk along the Micker Brook river.

Also nicknamed ‘Seven Arches’ by local residents, this pleasant route takes you through large fields which are perfect to take the kids to play, or let the dog have a good run round.

2. Brookfield Park

Located on the doorstep of Cheadle Village, Brookfield Park hosts a multitude of open fields which are perfect for those with dogs who are full of energy.

Situated further along the Micker Brook river and behind the Village Hotel, this is another small yet beautiful spot to add to your exercise destinations.

3.  Bruntwood Park

A stone’s throw away from Brookfield is Bruntwood Park. Despite the fact the children’s play area and the converted Victorian conservatory cafe are currently closed as a result of the pandemic, Bruntwood Park still offers various trails and scenic views throughout.

Although not technically Cheadle, Bramhall Park lies just over the Cheadle Hulme and Bramhall border so is still a feasible option for a quick visit from Cheadle residents.

The main attraction of Bramhall Park is, of course, Bramhall Hall itself, described as a ‘magical Tudor manor house set in more than 50 acres of parkland with lakes, woods and gardens’. Regardless of the Hall being currently shut to visitors, the park is definitely worth the visit even if just to follow one of the countless paths amongst the greenery or feed the ducks.

5. Abney Hall Park

Yet another addition in the centre of the village is Abney Hall park. This park is particularly suited to those who have been spending a lot of time bike riding, as the cycle lanes have recently been improved. (See below).

Those who don’t want to take advantage of the new cycle lanes in the park can still ‘walk around the perimeter of the park in around 30 minutes, but with more time, you can explore the wetlands, historic hall, secret pathways, ponds, waterfalls and a pet cemetery.’

Below is a map with all the locations of the parks if you want to plan your own visit.