Riverside Park

Riverside Park can be accessed in Beechwood Mews, just off Manchester Road (the A538). If travelling by car, follow the A538 out of Macclesfield, which goes downhill (to cross the River Bollin) then back up again. Beechwood Mews is on the left, just after the road starts back uphill again. There are toilets adjacent to the car park.

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. The park consists of woodland, wetland, ponds and a wildflower meadow, which complement the grassland. The grassland is managed with the help of a breeding herd of Longhorn cattle, a registered rare breed. The tree sculpture in this photo is part of a sculpture trail, which was set up in Riverside Park by the Bollin Valley Partnership. This area is managed for Macclesfield Borough Council by the Bollin Valley Partnership. This in turn forms a link in the Bollin Valley Way footpath route along the whole valley.

The path through Riverside Park is a small part of the Bollin Valley Way, which is a 30 mile linear footpath running from Macclesfield all the way to Partington. The Way offers ever-changing views, from the hills above Macclesfield, through fields and woodlands, towns and villages, under and over roads, railways and canals, past Manchester airport and beyond. The path through Riverside Park is a 2 mile walk from the Visitor Centre to Prestbury, the start of which is wide, level and accessible. The path follows the River Bollin, and is a level walk, so this would be a pleasant stroll on a sunny afternoon.