Macclesfield Forest

Macclesfield Forest has over 1,025 acres of beautiful land and four amazing reservoirs including Trentabank, Ridgegate, Teggsnose and Bottoms. Not to mention, most of the woodland at Macclesfield is a designated site of biological importance.

We partner with Cheshire Wildlife Trust to help us manage our nature reserves and large heronry.

Amongst the amazing nature are masses of history making Macclesfield a fascinating place to visit. Walk beneath the trees and take in the fresh air whilst admiring the stunning views and reservoirs.

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.

Activities and site information

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Bird watching

Picnic area


Walking routes

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Available at car park. Open 07:30-17:00.

Birds are abundant in the forest.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust manage a large heronry with a mixture of water and woodland habitats, making it the perfect place for wildlife lovers.

Located by Trentabank car park.

Marked on the noticeboard.

Dogs welcome on leads.

Macclesfield Flyfisher’s Club - email the secretary at sec@maccfly

Macclesfield Forest Action Plan

United Utilities continues to review relevant data and carry out trials of new measures within the Forest to ensure we have an up to date understanding of the areas for improvement against our priorities and commitments.

Find out more about the Macclesfield Forest Action Plan.

Larch Disease

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.

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For more information on rules and guidance, click the button below.

Rules and reservoir guidance

If you have any general enquiries, please speak to our friendly team on 0345 672 3723.

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Recreation permits

Macclesfield Forest Map