Activities and information about Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve
Brereton Heath operates a Pay and Display car parking system for all visitors. Please note that the park is open by 8.45am each day, and closes at 5pm during the winter, and 8.30pm during British Summer Time.
No overnight parking permitted.
Car park charges
Please make sure that you have the correct change for the ticket machine as the machine does not give change. You can also pay for parking using card, contactless or with PayByPhone.
PayByPhone allows you to pay for your parking without having to visit a parking meter - you just need a mobile phone and a payment card. The Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve PayByPhone location number is 804750.
Brereton Heath Car Park Charges
|Car Parking Ticket Type||Charges|
Annual parking permit for Brereton Heath only
Annual permit for approved clubs
|Casual tickets under 1 hour
|Casual visit 1 to 3 hours
|Casual visit 3 hours to 10 hours
|Blue badge holders
An annual permit which allows the holder to park a vehicle in this car park and at the car parks at both Nelson Pit Visitor Centre and Tegg’s Nose Country Park
To apply for an annual Brereton Heath only parking permit
Annual parking permits, solely for use at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, can be purchased online via the Countryside parks parking permit form.
Please note your new parking permit will be posted out to you. Until you receive your permit please continue to pay for your parking at the pay and display machine.
Please write your registration details in capital letters on the online parking permit application form.Please note that there is a £10.00 administrative charge for amending incorrect details provided in the online application form.
Alternatively, using the same form you can apply for an annual permit, which allows the holder to park a vehicle at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve car park and at the car parks at both Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Poynton and Tegg's Nose Country Park, Macclesfield.
Existing permit holders also need to visit the parking permit online form if they wish to renew their permit.
Before applying for a parking permit, please review the parking permit terms and conditions.
What to do if you change one (or both) of the vehicles shown on your Annual Parking Permit
Please send your existing parking permit, together with a covering letter giving details of the new registration number(s) and the one(s) which has/have been replaced, to :
Technical Support Officer
Cheshire East Borough Council
Countryside Ranger Service
Old Municipal Buildings
There is no charge for this and the new (replacement) permit will have the same expiry date as your existing one.
Please also remember to enclose a stamped addressed envelope for your new permit to be sent to you, as we are unable to pay return postage.
Orienteering at Brereton Heath
A permanent orienteering course is available.
Maps are available for purchase, as a downloadable file or waterproof print, from the Greater Manchester Orienteering Activities website.
Canoeing at Brereton Heath
Annual canoe permits are available for groups only, costing £12.40 per year, per canoe. Canoe permits can be applied for by completing the Canoe Permit application form (PDF 128KB).
Paddleboarding is not permitted at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve.
The Macclesfield Canoe Club utilise the lake for training. For more information please visit the Macclesfield Canoe Club website.
Read the General Conditions for lake use at Brereton Heath LNR prior to use, general lake use conditions (PDF, 187KB).
Angling at Brereton Heath
Only Wheelock Angling Society members are allowed access to the lake for angling. No day ticket fishing at the present time.
There is currently no closed season for fishing at Brereton.
Educational visits to Brereton Heath
Self-guided educational visits to the reserve can be made by appointment.
Countryside Ranger Service - Cheshire East Council
For Middlewood Way, Jacksons’ Brickworks, Poynton Coppice and Poynton Park: phone 01625 383700
For Tegg’s Nose Country Park: phone 01625 374833
For Lindow Common or Macclesfield Riverside Park: phone 01625 374790
For Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Dane-In-Shaw Pasture SSSI, Croxton Park, Biddulph Valley Way, Timbersbrook Picnic Area, Salt Line, Borrow Pit Meadows and Rode Heath Rise: phone 01477 534115
For Astbury Mere Country Park, Merelake Way and Wheelock Rail Trail: phone 01260 297237
For Gritstone Trail: phone 01270 686029
Page last reviewed: 06 November 2023
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