Macclesfield Forest is a working forest located in the east of Cheshire close to Macclesfield and Langley and Wildboarclough Villages. The forest is owned by United Utilities and has four reservoirs of which two provide drinking water to nearby Macclesfield Town.
Macclesfield Forest is a excellent place for outdoor activities including horse riding, walking, cycling, fishing and bird watching including the Peak District’s largest heronry at Trentabank Reservoir. There is the option of a short family walk, or walks can be combined with longer routes including Wildboarclough Village and the Goyt Valley and towards Teggs Nose and the popular Gritstone Trail.
Cyclist and horse riders can take advantage of the concessionary bridlepaths in the forest which offer great views of the forest and the surrounding areas including the Peak District and the Cheshire Plain.
The heronry at Trentabank is a popular bird watching destination with a viewpoint. Many other wildfowl can be spotted in the forest including grebes, coots and ducks.
Fly fishing is available at Ridgegate Reservoir where the Macclesfield and District Fly Fishing Club have fishing rights and there are limited number of day tickets available.
Additional information: *Several pay and display car parks available. *Picnic area and nice nosh food stall near visitor centre.