866 Macclesfield Forest and four reservoirs

Over 200 years have passed since William Leather got a licence to sell ale at his smithy. And the pub is still popular, for walkers love coming to this remote spot above Langley. Here, on the edge of Macclesfield Forest, four reservoirs have created a little Lake District. There's even a mini mountain in the form of Teggs Nose. But you don't have to make any strenuous effort as this walk strolls past the lower slopes giving you the classic Lakeland Experience of a mountain reflected in a lake. And whatever the weather the trees provide shelter from too much sun or rain, while most of the forest tracks and bridleways are surfaced so you can enjoy the extensive views without getting wet feet.

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LOCATION: 3 miles south-east of Macclesfield
START: Trentabank car park, 1 mile beyond Langley
Grid ref: SJ961711 Postcode: SK110NS
DISTANCE: 5.5 miles
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Outdoor Leisure - White Peak Or Explorer - Wilmslow, Macclesfield
REFRESHMENTS: Leathers Smithy, refreshment van in car park most weekends
EN ROUTE: Ridgegate, Bottoms Reservoir, Gritstone Trail

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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