Macclesfield Forest

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.

Macclesfield Forest

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.

Larch Disease

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.

Click here for more information

Location Opening Hours Parking Public Transport

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.

Location Birdwatching information Picnic area
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 Fishing Cycling  
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
or 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.

Macclesfield Forest Action Plan

We want to share our beautiful sites with you, and we ask you enjoy them in a manner that allows others to enjoy them after you, this includes:

  • Following the Countryside Code - Respect, Protect and Enjoy.
  • Taking your litter home, or using the available bins.
  • Keeping dogs under control for the safety of livestock and others.
  • Respecting farmers at work on the land by leaving gates as you find them.
  • Sticking to paths when walking, running or cycling. This helps us protect the sensitive ecosystems that form the habitats on our sites.
  • Please help guard against wildfires by not bringing BBQ’s and taking care with disguarded cigarettes.

  • You may also want to read about:

    Reservoir safety

    Blue-green algae

    Giant hogweed

    Recreation permits