Macclesfield to The Peak District to Reservoir Tour Macclesfield Forest

Macclesfield to Peak District – Reservoirs Tour and Macclesfield Forest

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A 14 mile cycle route which takes you from the market town of Macclesfield along ‘B’
roads and country lanes out to the Peak District and on a tour of the reservoirs and Macclesfield Forest. The route has some serious climbs and we would not recommend the route to the feint hearted but some of the views are fantastic along the route.

Starting from Commercial Road, Macclesfield which is situated approximately 250 yards from Macclesfield Railway Station. Cycle along Commercial Road for a few hundred yards to the end of the road and TURN RIGHT on to Hurdsfield Road B5470 and cycle out of Macclesfield along Hurdsfield Road and up the hill towards Higher Hurdsfield and Brookhouse. Continue through Brookhouse along Hawkins Lane B5470 and cycle for about quarter of a mile along Tower Hill and up Pedley Hill B5470 to the village of Rainow.

Continue along the B5470 through Rainow and about 500 yards after the village TURN RIGHT along Smith Lane. Cycle along Smith Lane for about half a mile where it changes its name to Ewrin Lane. Cycle along Ewrin Lane for about quarter of a mile to its end and at the end of the lane TURN RIGHT Down Hooleyhey Lane. Cycle along Hooleyhey Lane and after a quarter of a mile you pass Lamaload Reservoir on your left as you cycle along the lane. Lamaload Reservoir situated in the South West of the Peak District National Park, and is fed by the River Dean. Built between 1958 and 1964 Lamaload was the first concrete reservoir in England and is approximately 950 ft above sea level. Among the most popular locations for tourists in this part of the Peak District Lamaload is used for fishing and bird watching.

Just after the end of the reservoir the road changes its name to Ankers Knowl Lane. Cycle

along the lane for about 500 yards where you come to cross road junction with the A537. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION along Ankers Lane. Cycle along Ankers Lane for about a quarter of a mile past the A537, at this point the lane bends sharply to the left and here just on the end of the bend you TURN RIGHT towards Macclesfield Forest. (There is a Bronze Age barrow near High Low Farm to the west of Macclesfield Forest and another earthwork east of the forest near Toot Hill)
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After about 150 yards TURN RIGHT along the country lane, again heading towards Macclesfield Forest. Cycle along the lane for about 500 yards to the end where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT and cycle up the hill through the forest and after a quarter of a mile you come to Trentabank Reservoir on the right as you cycle along. Trentabank is the uppermost of four reservoirs which collect water from the hills at the head of the River Bollin, and water from Trentabank and Ridgegate supplies Macclesfield with the town’s drinking water.

When you reach the end of Trentabank Reservoir you TURN RIGHT along the lane which takes you round the top of Ridgegate Reservoir and along its wooded bank. At the end of the Reservoir You TURN LLEFT on to Clarke Lane. Continue along Clarke Lane Past the Leather’s Smithy Inn and after 200 yards you pass Bottoms Reservoir and Teggsnose Reservoir on the right as you cycle along. At the end of the reservoir TURN LEFT along Main Road which takes you 200 yards and into the village of Langley. At the centre of the village BEAR LEFT along Langley Road and after 50 yards TURN RIGHT along Coalpit Lane. Cycle up Coalpit Lane for about half a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction with Buxton Old Road.

At the junction TURN LEFT then after 20 yards TURN RIGHT up Back Eddisbury Road. Cycle for approximately 500 yards to the end of Back Eddisbury Road where you come to a cross roads with the A537. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION along the lane and after 200 yards you come to a ‘T’ junction where you TURN LEFT on to Cliff Lane.

Cycle along Cliff Lane for about half a mile until you come to a ‘T’ junction. TURN LEFT at the junction on to the B5470 which takes you half a mile back into Macclesfield and Commercial Road. The start/finish of your ride.

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