Access to Macclesfield Riverside Park Local Nature Reserve, including its car park, is available at all times. The toilets (including disabled toilet) are usually open 9am to 4pm except Christmas Day.
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- Benches and picnic tables
- Bird Feeding Station
- Community Orchard
- Dog waste bins
- Free car park
- Information board
- Local Nature Reserve with Site of Biological Importance status
- Public Toilets including disabled toilet (for radar key holders) - currently closed due to Covid-19 outbreak.
- Riverside walks
- Wildflower meadow
About Macclesfield Riverside Park Local Nature Reserve
Macclesfield Riverside Park is owned by Cheshire East Borough Council and is managed as a country park by the Bollin Valley Partnership. The 70 acre linear park occupies the flood plain and gently sloping sides of the River Bollin between Macclesfield and Prestbury.
A large area of the park is wild flower rich grassland that is grazed by Bollin Valley's Longhorn cattle. This traditional breed of cattle can be seen here from spring through to autumn.
The park was in agricultural use until the 1980s when it was developed as a country park. Since then thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers have been planted, miles of pathways stoned and picnic areas and seating built.
A derelict land grant created the opportunity to build a Visitor Centre on the site of an old farm building near Beech Bridge; the Centre was officially opened in 1989.