Sunflower field walk in Dunham Massey

PUBLISHED: 16:40 10 August 2020 | UPDATED: 18:30 20 August 2020

The sunflower field at Dunham Massey by Anthony Marsh

The sunflower field at Dunham Massey by Anthony Marsh

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A new project near Altrincham could create a new summertime walking and photo destination.

Mark Jones and his family who live on the National Trust’s tenanted Little Heath Farm have been working closely with the team at nearby Dunham Massey to introduce a new crop of sunflowers for this summer.

The aim of the project is to benefit local wildlife, diversify business for the farm, and provide a cheery sight for local walkers.

It is hoped that the 4.5 acre area will be expanded to 29 acres in 2021 making it one of the largest sunflower crops in the North West.

The sunflower field at Dunham Massey by Anthony MarshThe sunflower field at Dunham Massey by Anthony Marsh

There are many places in Cheshire that have become Instagram hotspots, in future years, could this location become the place to go for that summer themed selfie?

The field lies to the north west edge of the Dunham Forest Golf and Country Club and south of the Little Heath Farm. The farm shop is currently open for pre-ordered collections only and there is no parking available at the farm.

If you can’t walk or cycle, you will need to book to visit the park through the Dunham Massey National Trust website and it’s a short walk away.

The sunflower field at Dunham Massey by Anthony MarshThe sunflower field at Dunham Massey by Anthony Marsh

At the moment, you can only visit Dunham Massey through a pre-booked timed entry scheme, this applies to both members and non-members.

The car park at the Dunham Massey estate closes at 4pm weekdays and 5pm and weekends.

Below are the three locations of where the public footpaths that link to the sunflower field begin.

School Lane

The entrance to the Little Heath Farm Shop is just a hundred yards from Dunham Massey Village Hall, further down the road is the Dunham Town Village Store.

Just to the right of the quant village store, you should see a wooden sign for the public footpath that should take you through to the sunflower field.

Oldfield Lane

The sunflower field is located on Oldfield Lane, and you can make your way there from either end of here.

However, you can also take the public footpath from the southern end, next to the Dunham Massey Brewing Co, the roads are very narrow here, so parking here may cause an issue. Parking at Dunham Massey is a better and safer option.

Charcoal Road

If you do decide to combine this with a walk around Dunham Massey, head way from the house and take the tree lined Main Drive to the Old Gatehouse.

Take the stile over the gate which should take you onto Charcoal Road. Cross the road and you should see the sign for the public footpath that should take you by the edge of the golf club and onto the field.

Cheshire Life - September 2020 issueCheshire Life - September 2020 issue

The sunflower field at Little Heath Farm makes the cover of our September issue.

Its features road accident survivor Colette Alderson, of Bowdon, who has a new life and career thanks to yoga. Here she is, pictured by Paddy Alderson, at one of the county’s most-visited summer hotspots.

You can read her story as well as some more photos of the field in the latest issue, on sale: 28th August

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