When it comes to parks, natural landscape and open space, Macclesfield shows more than willing. Walking them is a pleasure and a pursuit, so much so that the area is now renowned for its rural retreats and hiking routes, the latter of which are amply available. There is something sturdy and solid to the environment here, which walkers pick up on in their outings. Walks are planned and sign-posted, with clocked-up hours tracked and weather conditions assessed and planned for. But there is freedom, too, in the way the landscape is laid out. The stark openness and sheer volume of scope here provides a way of connecting with the elements easily and accessibly, whether you trek, hike, amble or wander slowly.
Macclesfield Forest caters to all. Most significant is the view. Trees scale immeasurable height en masse, masking hidden slopes and slant in the land. Footpaths rise and fall, framing the topography marked with benches and stopping-points, to see the views askew and anew. The easiest route circles the reservoir, with options to tag ringed-off parks and designated picnic areas. Picnic spots abound locally. Tegg’s Nose Country Park offers vast choice for lunching location, with its own on-site tea-room, serving warm-up drinks for post-hike indulgence. Nourishment in nature is a focus point in and of itself too. Blueberries and wild apples grow here all year round, easily visible, and often sighted and quoted. The atypical terrain deems the ground a hub of activity, popular for orinteering, abseiling, fishing and rock-climbing. Riverside Park, Danes Moss Nature Reserve and West Park Museum all likewise offer uniquely attractive recreation locally, where a day of exploring can combine food, cultural-intake, fresh air and family interaction. For the more urban-wanderer, The Silk Museum and Macclesfield Treacle Market, both situated with easy access in the town centre, provide local exhibitions and trading stalls which fess up something for all.
For the walker seeking longevity, there are routes spiking off, uphill, and downhill, out and off into eventual higher realms with memorable views of the treetops. For the walker seeking an arm-in-arm natter with a good friend, there are start-to-finish circuitous routes to be lapped, which joyfully round-off by dropping you at the local pub. For the walker seeking solitary expanse and grind, there are headways and remote turf to make heed with, and the chance to continuously take on the elements amid a variety of changeable conditions. Walking, as an act of connecting with nature, is also a way of connecting the dots, syncing landmarks, one to the other, as the steely, protruding local parkland and woodland marked here so do.