Macclesfield Forest and The Standing Stones is a lovely easy walk with a very gradual hill climb winding around an approx 3 mile route, with breathtaking views whatever the weather.This walk starts and ends at the main car park and Ranger Station at SK11 0NE
Easy To Moderate
3 Miles Approx
This walk starts and ends at the main car park and Ranger Station at SK11 0NE
When you leave the car park turn right and walk past the front of the ranger station. You will see a path running alongside the road with a picnic area on the left of it take this path until you reach a kissing gate and turn right into the forest.Most of this walk is signposted for Shutlingsloe from here it is mainly uphill for a short distance. When you reach a gate where two paths cross turn right and carry on straight uphill, shortly after the path levels out you will notice the path to Shutlingsloe going to your right do not follow carry on past.After a short walk you will come across an old ruined farm house called Ferriser Farm.
Follow the path past the farm which now goes towards the Standing Stones area of the forest .Carry on down the path you will come to the main road turn left and head downhill back to the carpark 1/2 mile away .
After you pass the stones you can take a short walk on the signed path up to Forest Chapel it will add an extra 1/2 mile to get there but the quaint little chapel is well worth a visit. when you have seen the chapel walk back to the road from the chapel to the right and follow the road downhill for 1/4 of a mile ,where you will see a path on the left going through the forest ,which will bring you out on the same road down from Standing stones ,take a right here and follow the road for a short while back to the car park.
Its all downhill now. When you get to the road follow signs posted for Trentabank. The path runs adjacent to the road down to the car park. Before you get to the car park on the right hand side there is a path that runs to the reservoir where you can see the Heronry, dependent on the time of year the nesting site is on the far bank.