Easy Access

This page provides details of paths, visitor centres and other places to visit where ease of access has been considered.

Macclesfield Forest Visitors Centre

The car park at Macclesfield Forest Visitors Centre has a compacted sandstone surface, with tarmac entrance road and three parking spaces reserved for disabled people close to the toilets. There is a toilet suitable for disabled people for which a RADAR key is required (a key is available when the Rangers' Room is open). The Ranger’s room is sometimes open, with its display of local fauna and flora; at other times information can be obtained from boards and leaflets (available from dispensers). If you want advice about access to Macclesfield Forest, please contact the Peak District National Park Authority warden for Macclesfield Forest on 01260 252832. There is a pleasant grassy picnic area behind the building, with a number of picnic tables, one of which is wheelchair-accessible via the compacted limestone path. A refreshment van, Nice Nosh, is situated at the back of the Visitors Centre, and is open every weekend and bank holiday.

There is a short stone surfaced track suitable for wheelchair users (pictured here), opposite the car park entrance which provides a good viewpoint of the reservoir and its birdlife, including the heronry.

West Park

Situated on Prestbury Road, close to the town centre, West Park has toilets, a cafe, barbecue area, a small museum, ornamental gardens, and covers an area of 15 acres. The park is criss-crossed with wide tarmac paths.

South Park

Situated on Park Road (off Park Lane), close to the town centre, South Park has a pavilion / cafe, a pool (fishing), a bandstand, and covers an area of 44 acres. The park is criss-crossed with wide tarmac paths.

Hare Hill

Hare Hill is a National Trust garden in Over Alderley. Adapted WC. Partly accessible, slopes, some steps, grass and uneven paths.

Riverside Park

Riverside Park can be accessed in Beechwood Mews, just off Manchester Road (the A538), where there is a free car park and toilets. Situated between Macclesfield and Prestbury, Riverside Park consists of 70 acres of the River Bollin flood plain and valley sides, forming a linear country park. For a good part of the path from here to Prestbury, the surface is level, wide, and well compacted.