Macclesfield Riverside Park
Macclesfield Riverside Park is owned by Cheshire
East Borough Council and is managed as a country park by the
Bollin Valley Partnership. The 70 acre
linear park occupies the flood plain and gently sloping sides of
the River Bollin between Macclesfield and Prestbury.
History of Macclesfield Riverside Park
The area was in agricultural use until the 1980s when work
started on developing the Park. Since then thousands of trees,
shrubs and flowers have been planted, miles of pathways stoned and
picnic areas and seating built.
A derelict land grant created the opportunity to build a Visitor
Centre on the site of an old farm building near Beech Bridge; the
Centre was officially opened in 1989. The toilets are open daily;
the Centre whenever there is a Ranger on site.
What's at Macclesfield Riverside Park?
There are toilets at the Visitor Centre at Beechwood Mews
(includes one wheel chair accessible toilet accessible with a RADAR
key). There are also a public toilets to be found at Prestbury.
Visitor Centre / Class Room
There is a room containing display boards and leaflets that can
also be used as a class room or meeting room. Unfortunately to
avoid vandalism this tends to only be open when the ranger is at
the visitor centre. This room can be opened up for groups or
individuals by prior arrangement with the ranger.
There is a picnic area near the visitor centre and there are a
number of picnic benches and other seats around the park (there is
however no facility to have barbeques on the park)
The Butterfly Garden, created with a grant from Groundwork
Macclesfield and Vale Royal and with the help of the Macclesfield
Wildlife Explorers, contains plants such as holly, marjoram,
buddleia and sedum, which support butterflies, their caterpillars
and other creepy-crawlies.
An area is ploughed and seeded every year with an annual
cornfield mix which includes Corncockle, Corn Marigold, Cornflower,
Corn Poppy and Corn Chamomile. A cereal crop will be added as this
helps to protect the flowers and provide additional winter food for
birds. Cutting the meadow will be left until October to give seeds
time to drop. The dead material will be removed and the meadow left
as stubble to attract seed feeding birds such as brambling.
Bird Feeding Station
Food is put out for the birds over the winter months. We first
feed around Bonfire night and carry on until Easter. We get a good
number of species using the table.
There are two areas of woodland within the boundary of the park,
Sycamore Wood and Tytherington Wood, these are mainly Sycamore and
Beech woods with some some Oak. Both woods have Bluebells, Lesser
Celandine and Wood Anenome.
A large area of the park is open countryside that is managed by
Longhorn cattle to maintain its wildflowers.
Getting to Macclesfield Riverside Park
Macclesfield Riverside Park Visitor Centre,
off Manchester Road,
Getting to Macclesfield Riverside Park By Bus
Routes 10, 11, 12, 392, 393 daily
along Manchester Road. Full details Traveline 0870 608 2 608,
or 01625 534850
Getting to Macclesfield Riverside Park By Train
Stations at Macclesfield (1 mile) and Prestbury (opposite end
of the Park). Full details 08457 48 49 50.
Getting to Macclesfield Riverside Park By Car
Small car park at the Visitor Centre in Bechwood Mews.
Car parks in Prestbury village.