Macclesfield Forest, Cheshire

by Veronica

Today I went walking in North East Cheshire's beautiful Macclesfield Forest below Tegg's Nose. It's a stunning mix of trees, mountains, reservoirs and nature.

Macclesfield Forest is a forest in Cheshire East close to the old silk mill town of Macclesfield . The forest has four reservoirs. Ridgegate and Trentabank provide drinking water to Macclesfield, Stockport and Congleton.The forest was once owned by the Earl of Chester.

Cheshire's highest hills are close by, Shining Tor which stands at 559 metres and Shutlingsloe at 509 metres. They overlook the forest. Shutlingsloe gets its name from the Celtic Tribe the 'Shutta' and Lowe meaning hill or mound. Tor is the local word for the top of a high hill.

Stepping stones in the Macc Forest
Stepping stones in the Macc Forest

Location in East Cheshire , South of Manchester

The Walk

The walk started off at Tegg's Nose Car park. I have written about Tegg's Nose before on Wizzley.

https://wizzley.com/tegg-s-nose/

I feel very fortunate to live close to here. 

We started off walking down a steep slope known as Sadler's Way. I wanted to walk down this rather than up it at the end of the walk!  Crossing the stream near the bottom of Sadler's Way was easy with the very large stepping stones which have been set out. The Macclesfield ( Macc ) Forest has been very well laid out with good footpaths and steps up the sharpest slopes.

Forest steps upwards
Forest steps upwards

Today I didn't walk  up Tegg's Nose which is my usual walk. We skirted round the bottom of the hill, through the Macclesfield Forest and around the reservoirs.

The walk is not high but it is challenging none the less. The paths are very up and down.

Our dreadful North of England weather does mean that the vegetation is always a rich green.

At one point I sat for about five minutes and just listened to all the sounds from nature, sheep, bird song, insects, the breeze. It was soothing.

Tegg's Nose from the Macclesfield ( locally known as Macc ) Forest
Tegg's Nose from the Macclesfield ( locally known as Macc ) Forest
Through the Forest
Through the Forest
The forest path
The forest path
up and down paths

The best thing about The Macclesfield Forest is that it isn't necessary to climb very high in order to have a wonderful view.

It is quite a challenging hike
It is quite a challenging hike

Wildflowers

I would estimate that today the number of wildflowers would be in millions! Many types adorned the footpaths and the colours were beautiful. I wish I knew all the names but I don't.  A real gap in my education.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers
buttercups
buttercups
I love yellow flowers
Gorse
Gorse
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Wildflowers

Access to the reservoirs is limited but it is possible to walk along next to them for a while.

Reservoirs

reservoir
reservoir
Reservoirs
Reservoirs
Reservoirs
Reservoirs

Back at the car park, we had a welcome cup of tea in Tegg's Tea Room. Another wonderful day in our green Cheshire.

I have added the photo above as is aw it today on my day out. I add it because it has a very very old spelling of Macclesfield from when back in the days that "s" was written as an "f " .

This stone must be so old.

Macclesfield way stone
Macclesfield way stone
Updated: 08/01/2016, Veronica
 
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Veronica on 09/26/2016

It would almost certainly be financial here in UK as to why there is only one handrail. :)

We do get early leaf fall in the NW of England sometimes but not so much this summer. It has been a fairly dull summer.

I am determined not to put the heating on until October and so as I sit here typing now in my sitting room, Sept 26th 7 40pm , the temperature is 17C INSIDE my house. Which is a little chilly.

DerdriuMarriner on 09/26/2016

Veronica, Very nice early afternoon stroll for me here even though the forest steps probably look kind of challenging going up and more welcoming going down. Do you know why the handrail is just on one side?
Does the "dreadful North of England weather" result in early leaf drop? This past summer was unusually rainy so that as of the end of July the leaves on the ground made me think more of the end of September and the beginning of October.
But the chestnuts and the walnuts are dropping not too early, not too late, right on schedule!

Veronica on 08/01/2016

I found this today on my walk and thought it would be of interest.
It has a very old spelling of Macclesfield from when back in the days that "s" was written as an "f " . The spelling proves how old it is.

Veronica on 06/22/2016

Thank you.

As I teacher I like nothing better than to pass on information about things that I enjoy or which fascinate me.

Wizzley gives me an opportunity to do this and use my camera too! :)

( the coin web page is this one .
http://www.londonmintoffice.org/catal... )

blackspanielgallery on 06/22/2016

Only 2 more articles to that 50 milestone. Hope you get there soon.

blackspanielgallery on 06/22/2016

I subscribe to several mints and write about some of the new coins. But the release from the Royal Mint has not come out yet. Thanks. I can check their website.

Veronica on 06/22/2016

Of course you were never as posh as I am.

Veronica on 06/22/2016

BSG

TY. It is indeed very soothing to shattered nerves.

( The London Mint just advertised a new special edition Battle of the Atlantic Coin in a TV advert. I thought of you, logged in and your message was here! )

blackspanielgallery on 06/21/2016

Quite impressive images. It appears to be a wonderful place.

frankbeswick on 06/21/2016

Chuckle! My birth in that area was due to an emergency, that there were no maternity beds left in inner Manchester when I staged my grand entrance into the world. The result was an ambulance dash across Cheshire to find a maternity bed. I see myself as a Lancashire person, despite being born in Cheshire


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