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The map is A4 in size and printed on both sides. On one side is the mountain bike map and on the second side are the text descriptions of the suggested routes.
All the off roads in the area are shown and includes surface descriptions, technical gradings, indicatoes for how tough the hill climbs are, spot heights along the trails and useful features such as gates, pubs and cafes.
At a Glance
The map is published in a sealed waterproof cover. On one side is the map and on the other side are text descriptions of the suggested routes plus miscellaneous information.
This is a hilly area to the east of Macclesfield, lying in the foothills of the Pennines with part of the area falling in the Peak District National Park.
A combination of great scenery, easy and challenging off road routes, country lanes, good pubs and cafes make it an ideal area for mountain biking.
Experienced mountain bikers would get the most from the area, however fit beginners can easily hop off and walk down the sections that are too tricky.
Beginners will also find the area rewarding and can use the map to avoid sections that are too difficult.
Related Maps & Guides
You can use the the map to make up your own mountain bike routes /detours, or follow our own circular mountain bike route suggestions which are arrowed on the map and described on the other side.
A great mountain bike route around Macclesfield Forest that is no push over, some tough hill climbs and includes the notorious exhilarating descent down Charity Lane to Forest Chapel. If you find its over all to soon then why not take on a second lap!
Macclesfield Forest plus Teggs Nose. Take in the above and add in a great section swooping down from the Forest, down a tricky narrow path and onto a great bridleway that leads between two reservoirs to come out at Langley. Then its time to test your legs with some tough climbing (all rideable) to take you eventually to the top of Charity Lane and more off road fun.
First Macclesfield Forest then over and up to the Cat & Fiddle Public House (second highest in England) then slight climb along an easy bridleway before it descends for about a mile to the road. Then its soon time to test your skills on the loose stones, rock and odd tree root down the Cumberland Track. It's one of those where you know you're supposed to keep your body and hands relaxed, but it's easier said than done!
A mountain bike route that combines of all the above!
Cafe in the Heart of the Forest
Nice Nosh, situated behind the Visitor Centre at Trentabank Reservoir (marked on the map in grid square C4) is one of Macclesfield Forests best kept secrets. Home made cakes (including Lemon Drizzle that is to die for), oat cakes with fillings from the Peak District (Hartington Stilton Sauce, Atlow Mushrooms) home cured bacon, hot rolls and more.... steaming hot teas, coffees and hot chocolate! No luxuries of indoor seating but we prefer the outdoors!