Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Higher Poynton

Nelson Pit Visitor Centre,
Higher Poynton,
SK12 1TH

Grid reference: SJ945833
Phone: 01625 383700
Site Ranger: Ed Pilkington

Map location

Nelson Pit Visitors Centre - Higher Poynton

Opening hours

Nelson Pit Visitor Centre is open 364 days of the year (closed Christmas Day) from 10.00am till 4.00pm. Car park open all year round.

No overnight parking permitted.


  • Walking
  • Cycling


About Nelson Pit Visitor Centre

Nelson Pit Visitor Centre in Higher Poynton provides an excellent rest point for those of you keen to explore the Middlewood Way and its surrounding countryside.

The centre has a large informative display about the history of the local area and specifically the origins of the Middlewood Way and the local canal network. Come and connect to the past at this free to enter centre which also offers 8 circular walks of varying grades around the local area which can be downloaded from our Free Walk Leaflets web page.

The centre also acts as a local information point for the Rangers and many other local attractions. Pick up a leaflet and find out about the many different attractions and visitor experiences in the Macclesfield and North West area while also finding out what the Rangers are doing throughout the year.

The Nelson Pit Visitor Centre was built on the site of a former colliery with the assistance of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and opened in spring 1999.

The centre provides information and toilet facilities for visitors to the Middlewood Way, the Macclesfield Canal, and the surrounding countryside. There are displays on local history and wildlife topics as well as activities for children.

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Page last reviewed: 21 September 2023