Local wild places

Where to go wildlife watching in the Macclesfield area and our nearest RSPB reserves.

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Four spotted chaser

Danes Moss – Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Danes Moss is the largest & highest lowland raised bog in Cheshire managed by Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Goyt Valley

Goyt Valley

The Goyt Valley possesses many varied habitats. There are about 150 acres of open water provided by the Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs, vast areas of moorland covered with heather and purple moorgrass, several mature woods of both Conifer and broadleaved trees, and many hundreds of acres of grazing for sheep and cattle.

Middlewood Way

Middlewood Way

The Middlewood Way follows the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway through picturesque Cheshire countryside and between historic mill towns.

Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Country Park (National Trust)

The Southern Woods provide a great opportunity to explore the wider estate at the National Trust’s Quarry Bank Mill and to watch the river twist and turn and make it’s way to the mill.

Redesmere Tufted Duck


A great place to see and feed the ducks.

Ridgegate Reservoir

Ridgegate and Trentabank Reservoirs

Two reservoirs surrounded by woodland and open countryside.

Riverside Park

Riverside Park – Macclesfield

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.

RSPB Coombes Valley visitor centre

RSPB Coombes Valley

Coombes Valley is a wonderful woodland reserve.