Macclesfield Forest and Trentabank Reservoir
This circular walk explores Macclesfield Forest and also pays a visit to the pretty Trentabank Reservoir on the western edge of the Peak District.
The walk starts at the Standing Stone car park on the eastern edge of the forest. You then head west on good woodland footpaths through the conifer forest, passing along the Bollin Brook before arriving at Trentabank Reservoir. The area is great for wildlife spotting with a large heronry and other water loving birds such as common sandpiper, green sandpiper and little ringed plover. You may also see red deer in the woodland area. The area also include grassland with a variety of pretty plants and flowers including bluebell, tormentil, pignut, birdsfoot trefoil, foxglove and lesser knapweed.
From the reservoir the route heads south back into the woodland towards Nessit Hill before returning to the car park.
It's easy to extend your walking in this lovely area. You could head west past Ridegate Reservoir and pick up the Gritstone Trail and follow it to the excellent Tegg's Nose Country Park.
The forest is located a few miles south east of Macclesfield town.
PostcodeSK11 0NE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Macclesfield Forest and Trentabank Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Macclesfield Forest and Trentabank Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Macclesfield Forest and Trentabank Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Macclesfield Forest and Trentabank Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your walk you can stop for refreshments at the excellent Leather's Smithy. This fine pub is located next to Ridgegate Reservoir, just to the east of Bottoms Reservoir. There's a great selection of ales and a nice beer garden to relax in when the weather is good. You can find the pub on Clarke Ln, at the north western tip of Ridgegate Reservoir. Postcode is SK11 0NE.
The forest is a great place for dog walking with miles of wide trails to try. Please keep your dog on a lead for the safety of livestock though.