As home to the largest heronry in the Peak District, you can find some unusual (not to mention noisy) sights nesting in tall firs that border the Trentabank Reservoir. But that’s just part of the charm of this stunning working forest.
Walking through the remnants of this ancient Norman hunting forest, set high above the town of Macclesfield, you will discover an abundance of birds and woodland flowers, such as bluebells. And, if you’re really lucky, you might spot a few more elusive creatures, such as badgers, weasels or even a herd of red deer.
Firm tracks and paths lead you up through mixed fir and broadleaf woods to moorland, where you can take in the breathtaking views of nearby Shutlingsloe and the great ridge, topped by Cheshire’s highest point, Shining Tor.