Macclesfield Forest

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  • Course Status

  • Last checked April 2024. Everything OK.
  • NB. Ongoing forest clearance remains unmapped, and several posts may be difficult to access because of brashings.   
  • NB. there is now a mobile cafe in the forest car park, open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:am until 4pm selling hot meals, drinks, and sweet and savoury snacks. 
  • Beware dodgy chicken wire on the boardwalk near R.
  • March  2021 report – there’s undergrowth around K and U;  felling at Y has made it hard to access the post.  The area round N looks as if it is being prepped for felling.
  • March 2019 – A slightly non-standard post X has been installed a short distance from where X was before felling disappeared it. New description is “wall corner”, about 100m NE of where it used to be. Having the latest map might be a good idea.
  • An area of the forest near the path to Shutlingsloe has been cleared but the control in the area (Y) has survived.
  • Orienteering map details

  • A4 Landscape, Scale 1:10000. Last updated April 2021 – some more recent forest clearances and MTB tracks now mapped.
  • There is also an A3 map of the whole forest, but the POC stays within the Southern and Central two-thirds.
  • Start/Finish

  • The Start/Finish is at the NorthEast corner of the Ranger building in the visitor car park near the SouthWest corner of Trentabank reservoir.

    Map detail showing a bit of reservoir, the car park and the Start/Finish building

    MaccForest Start

    Macclesfield Forest Start plaque

  • How to get a map

  • Macclesfield Forest waterproof print£1.75

  • Macclesfield Forest PDF£1.75

  • Or buy any map from Get a Map
  • Park Facilities

  • K Car Park   d Toilets X   Picnic Area
  • Directions

  • From the A523 at the southern edge of Macclesfield, follow signs to Langley. Continue through Langley village. Fork right at the Leather’s Smithy pub. The visitor centre is on the right after about 1 Km.
  • OS Grid Reference: SJ 961 711    Nearest Postcode:  SK11 0NS
  • Public transport options
  • Course Maintenance

  • Maintained by GMOA
  • Postwatchers, please click here to submit your report.