Last updated: 06/05/2022
Temporary car park closure
The Standing Stone car park at Macclesfield Forest is temporarily closed to allow safe felling as part of the forestry work required to control Larch Disease.
Situated east of Macclesfield, Macclesfield Forest is a working forest around a cascade of reservoirs; Trentabank, Ridgegate, Teggsnose and Bottoms. The mixture of water and woodland habitat make Macclesfield Forest an excellent place for wildlife lovers, with red deer and many birds including Heron Broods in Cheshire’s largest heronry, managed by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
Ridgegate reservoir was constructed in the late 1800's to supply the town of Macclesfield with drinking water. Tentrabank reservoir followed in the 1920s. The area offers fishing, horseriding, cycling and walking, as well as a section of the Gritstone Trail.
Phytophthora Ramorum is an organism that causes the death of a wide range of trees and shrubs.
Work is scheduled to start in April 2022 at Macclesfield Forest to remove infected trees and reduce the likelihood of the disease spreading.
The overview map indicates the areas at Macclesfield Forest where we’ll be removing Larch and also carrying out woodland management activity to remove other trees which would then be left exposed to wind.
Tentrabank car park, Clarke Lane, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0NS.
Tel: 01260 252 268.
Open all day, every day.
Pay and display at Tentrabank car park.
Buses between Macclesfield train station and Langley but no transport from Langley to Macclesfiend Forest.
|Toilets (including disabled) available at car park 7:30am-5:00pm (1st Nov-31st March) and to 6:00pm (1st April to 30th Oct).||Heronry, Raprtors, Waterfowl, wading birds including Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover. Birds abundant in the forest, including Crossbills.||Information board with site information and trail map located by car park.
Forest classroom in partnership with Peak District National Park, offering facilities for visiting groups. More information here.
|Picnic area by Trentabank car park|
|Walking routes are marked on the noticeboard.
There are forest paths and circular routes around the reservoirs of varying steepness and diffculty, as well as a trail suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs by Trentabank reservoir
Paths are waymarked.
Dogs welcome on leads.
|Macclesfield Flyfisher’s Club - Email the secretary at
firstname.lastname@example.org visit the website. Fishing available on Teggsnose through Macclesfield Waltonians Angling Society.
|Cycling available along the roads and trails around the reservoirs and forest.|
If you have any general enquiries, please speak to our friendly team on 0345 672 3723.
Macclesfield Forest Action Plan
United Utilities have commissioned various surveys over the last 12 months and also trialled various new measures within the Forest locality to better understand areas for improvement against our ongoing priorities and commitments.
Click the button below to find out more about the Macclesfield Forest action plan.
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