Mountain campsites in Macclesfield Forest

Birdwatch on woodsy trails to Cheshire’s high points or mountain bike on the Peak District’s edge.

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Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping

153 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · North Yorkshire, England
Family camping and glamping on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and a stone's throw from famous Bolton Abbey
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Gollin Farm Shepherds Hut

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Buxton, Derbyshire, East Midlands
Cosy and romantic shepherd's hut glamping in the heart, and at the highest heights, of the Peak District National Park
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Fieldhead Campsite

29 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Derbyshire, East Midlands
Popular hikers' campsite at the start of the Pennine Way and the foot of Kinder Scout, right next to a small visitor centre
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Peak Glamping Hideaway

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Staffordshire, West Midlands
Glamping literally reaches new heights in the Peak District National Park
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Whitelee Farm Shepherd Huts

2 units · Glamping400 acres · Cheshire, North West England
Romantic en-suite shepherds huts on a riverside farm in the Peak District National Park.
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Graig Wen - Wild Snowdonia Escapes

32 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents45 acres · Gwynedd, North Wales
Succumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.
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Bwch Yn Uchaf

20 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Bala, Wales
Narrow-gauge steam railway station, countryside views, gorgeous riverside setting. What's not to love?!
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Torrent Walk Campsite and Bunkhouse

28 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales
Campfires, mountain views and ample grassy space in the heart of Snowdonia National Park
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Hamperley Hideaways

6 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Church Stretton, England
Almost wild camping and rustic glamping in the Shropshire Hills, with campfires and compost loos
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Spring Field Dark Skies Campsite

29 units · Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Shrewsbury, England
2024 opening May 1st. Book early...... Certified secluded campsite, blessed with amazing views over the surrounding Shropshire Hills AONB. Watch Red Kites, Buzzards and Kestrels soaring overhead and Sparrow Hawks flashing by. The Owls are very active here at night. Wild Deer visitors in our fields. We are in a "Dark Skies" area so star watching is a must. Dont miss the Bluebell woodland walk adjacent to the site. Best in late March - April **NOW** We are an "Eco Friendly Site" and generate our electricity from Solar PV. Our 180ft deep aquifer spring water supplies all our water. All site waste is certified "Zero to Landfill". Waste Water passes through a living reed-bed filter complex so we don't pollute ground water or local environment. The grass you camp on is cut with lawn mowers running on Green HVO fuel generates 90% less Co2 and 30% less Nox2 pollution and is a fully renewable resource. The fields are open plan pitches and you can generally choose your preferred spot. Families and children very welcome. Some pitches may need levelling chocks! Two dogs max per booked pitch please. NEW NEW March 24! Bookable All Weather Hard Standing areas with easy access. Flushing clean toilet pods and sinks with hot water but no showers yet. (were working on it) Large washing sinks. Disposal for Elsan chemicals and Grey water. Drive on service Aire for Motorhomes. Fresh water and many Solar Generated Eco 6A and 16A points around the field. FREE WiFi and high speed broadband over the site. The entire campsite may be booked for private parties and events (even when closed in winter) The fields are surrounded by other farms with livestock so your dog MUST be on a short lead at all times please. Small Touring Caravans up to 6mtrs accepted. Must be towed by 4x4 vehicle.
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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

17 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Millom, England
Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep
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Upper Hurst Farm

1 unit · Glamping8 acres · Dovedale, England
Well-placed Peak District camping near the Manifold Way and Tissington Trail, with a luxury yurt and hot tub in a private space
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Mountain campsites in Macclesfield Forest guide

Overview

Mere miles from bustling Macclesfield town yet with a surprising level of wild serenity, Macclesfield Forest is a small area of conifer forest in an enviable location on the Peak District National Park’s western edge. It constitutes part of the loneliest tract of land in Cheshire, including the county’s highest points, Shining Tor and Shutlingsloe, the latter being walkable from the forest. Meanwhile, the 190-mile Peak District Boundary Walk, bisecting the forest, is the area’s big hike, and there’s great nearby cycling too. Camp west in the gateway village of Sutton Lane Ends or south of Shutlingsloe at Wildboarclough.

Where to go

Sutton Lane Ends & Langley

These two villages comprise the main gateway to the forest to the west, and fall under the same overarching parish. Only a few miles from Macclesfield, a balmy, bucolic vibe pervades. There are several atmospheric pubs and the only organised camping site close to the forest. Continuing east from Langley up Clarke Lane, you’ll quickly reach the Macclesfield Forest’s edge.

Trentabank Reservoir

This reservoir is the heart of Macclesfield Forest, home to the Peak District’s largest heronry, a nature reserve, and visitor centre. Birdwatch or spot other creatures including badgers, weasels, and red deer, get refreshments at the Leather’s Smithy pub, or take to the forest walking and cycling trails. A great walk runs through the forest and up to Shutlingsloe summit.

Tegg’s Nose Country Park

On Macclesfield Forest’s north side is this irresistibly pretty country park, occupying the site of a former quarry and the surrounding steep-sided moors. Climbing and abseiling are big here, and the one-hour Rock’s Trail highlights the area’s geology with a visit to Tegg’s Nose summit. There is also the challenging ‘Grit and Gears II’ mountain bike route, a tearoom, and a visitor centre.

Shutlingsloe

Cheshire’s second-highest hill, Shutlingsloe is linked by footpath across the moor near Macclesfield Forest. Views from the 1,670-foot top are superb—over the Peak District and across most of Cheshire—and the summit is also the highest point on the 190-mile Peak District Boundary Walk. England’s last wild boar was supposedly killed nearby—which is one theory behind the etymology of Wildboarclough, the village below the hill where you’ll find camping and a pub.

South West Peak

The South West Peak region of the Peak District National Park rolls away east of Macclesfield Forest, typically the national park’s least-visited region. It’s a zone loosely bounded by Macclesfield, Buxton, Kettleshulme, and Ilam, mixing barren plateau with fetching lower-lying pasture, while deeply scored cloughs divide the two. Long-distance hikes passing through include the Dane Valley Way and Churnet Way. Wildboarclough and the Manifold Valley make beautiful, quiet camping bases.

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