Distance: 16.5 km / 10 ¼ miles
Time: 3½ hours
Start: Tegg's Nose Country Park
Map: OS Explorer 268, Landranger 118
Terrain: Steep, stony paths and forest tracks
Barriers: 6 bridle gates, 4 field gates
Toilets: Tegg's Nose Country Park
This ride, devised by the North Cheshire Riders group, offers a range of fantastic views across the Cheshire Plain, across Cheshire’s Peak District and across the trees and reservoirs of Macclesfield Forest.
Tegg’s Nose Country Park is located on the Buxton Old Road and is signposted off the Macclesfield to Buxton road, the A537, to the east of Macclesfield. Postcode for satnavs: SK11 0AP, OS grid ref SJ 950733.
At Tegg’s Nose Country Park horsebox-accessible pay and display car park is available on site: park near the visitor centre, or if it is busy and a ranger is on site, you can ask to use the overflow car park. Permits are available. There are 2 designated disabled parking bays and blue badge holders can park free of charge.
Parking is also available beside Ridgegate Reservoir with a tying up area (OS grid reference SJ 957713) but this can be busy. Alternatively, Standing Stone car park (OS grid reference SJ 978714) where there is a cattle grid and bypass with an un-latched 1.5 m / 5’ bridle gate.
Toilets are available at the Tegg’s Nose Country Park visitor centre and at the Macclesfield Forest visitor centre, including ones accessible with RADAR lock access.
No refreshments are available at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, although an ice cream van visits the site at times during the summer. Refreshments are available in the summer and at winter weekends at the Macclesfield Forest visitor centre. The Leathers Smithy pub is passed twice on the route. Picnic benches are located at Tegg’s Nose Country Park parking area and around the Macclesfield Forest visitor centre, including tables with spaces for wheelchair users.