Activities and information about Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Car Park

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

You can pay for parking using cash, card, contactless or with PayByPhone.

Make sure that you have the correct change for the ticket machine as the machine does not give change.

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 TypeCharges

Annual parking permit for Brereton Heath only


Annual permit for approved clubs


Casual tickets under 1 hour £1.00
Casual visit 1 to 3 hours £2.00
Casual visit 3 hours to 10 hours £3.00
Blue badge holders No Charge

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 Apply for a countryside parks parking permit

Your new parking permit will be posted out to you. You must continue to pay for your parking at the pay and display machine until you receive your permit. 

Write your registration details in capital letters on the online parking permit application form. There is a £10.00 administrative charge for amending incorrect details provided in the online application form.

Or, 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 need to visit the parking permit online form to renew their permit.

Before applying for a parking permit 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
Floor 2
Old Municipal Buildings
Earle Street

There is no charge for this and the new (replacement) permit  will have the same expiry date as your existing one.

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 £13.20 per year, per canoe. Canoe permits can be applied for by completing the Canoe Permit application form (PDF 99KB).

Paddleboarding is not permitted at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve.

The Macclesfield Canoe Club utilise the lake for training. For more information 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, 185KB).

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.

Contact Ranger service

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