Tegg’s nose country park is one of our favourite child-friendly walks Cheshire. Located not far from Macclesfield forest and on a clear day, it has stunning views of the surrounding areas including Jodrell bank and the peak district national park. It is perfect for a short walk or a longer circular walk.
Car parking at Teggs nose country park
Teggs nose is located at the top of Buxton old road. There is a small car park although it has in recent years been made bigger which is fantastic as this is a popular location.
The post code is SK11 0AP.
Parking charges apply and as of April 2022 it is £1 for 1 hour, £2 for 1-3 and £3 for 3 to 10 hours. You’ll also find a few designated disabled parking bays. Find current charges here.
Tegg’s nose visitor centre
In the car park, you’ll find the Tegg’s nose tea room with a small visitors centre and public toilets. The cafe also regularly does cute kids’ trails such as at Halloween, Easter and Christmas.
For a very small cost, you can pick up a map from the cafe that guides you on the easier routes around Tegg’s nose country park where you need to find laminated pictures of 10 elves or Halloween characters, each with a name. My kids love these trails and they usually take about an hour.
There is also a small picnic area so you can bring a packed lunch if you like. You get some good views from this point too.
Tegg’s nose walk
- Start and finish – Tegg’s nose car park
- Approximate duration – around 1 hour
- Distance – 2 miles (approx, slightly less if you don’t climb to the summit)
- Accessibility – Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs, multiple kissing gates, hills and steps
- Public toilets – In the visitors centre/cafe
The family walks here are fantastic for all abilities. The route I’m going to share is perfect for young families but is not suitable for pushchairs as there are kissing gates, steps and the paths can be bumpy in places. I’d recommend wearing appropriate footwear but the route is one we have been doing from as soon as we passed the pushchair stage.
This child-friendly route is approximately 2 miles (slightly less if you don’t detour to the summit) and takes about an hour with kids as there are a couple of places you’ll stop for them to explore.
The starting point for this walk is by joining the main path(Gritstone trail) which runs parallel to the main road. Join it by walking out of the car park, back towards the road and you’ll see the path to the quarry on your left.
Follow the path through the 2 gates. After the second gate, there is a path and steps upwards on the left, follow the steps up. This is the start of the circular walk which you can do in either direction.
At the top of the steps follow the path on the left which leads you around to the quarry area. Before you reach the quarry, you’ll enjoy stunning views over to Macclesfield forest on your left. On your right are some small heather-covered hills that my kids love to climb up.
Now you’ll reach my kid’s favourite part of this walk, the quarry equipment display which is located near the quarry area. The equipment is brightly painted and safe for kids to go into the little hut and pretend to be quarry workers. There are also parts of a crane and stone cutters. This area is approximately half a mile from the car park.
Straight after the quarry equipment, you’ll find the quarry on your right so it’s a good idea to not let your kids run too far ahead at this point and make sure they stick to the main path. Ignore the paths on the right-hand side and continue straight on the main path.
Keep following the path around, after the quarry, there are a few detours from the main path to your left that let you experience the views more. You’ll also find a cute little library too. There are benches in this area so you can admire the view.
Keep following the main path with curves around to the right. You’ll find a gate to a path on your left that goes down to the tegg’s nose reservoir below. This is a great walk for those with older children. If you want the shorter route then keep following the main path around.
You’ll pass another gate on your left that also leads down to the reservoir. The path will come to a gate which passing through is your only option. As soon as you pass through this gate you can either turn right and do the short detour to the summit or turn left down the hill if you don’t want to visit the summit.
Tegg’s nose summit is a short detour from the main circular path around the country park. It is well worth the short steep climb (perfectly manageable by little legs as it’s not a rocky climb or anything like that). The path up to the right from the gate is a little rocky but it is only a short distance.
When you get to the next gate turn left and then the path goes straight up to the summit and view point.
At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a view point with spectacular views across the Cheshire plain in one direction, Macclesfield forest, Macclesfield canal and Shining tor in another and you can spot Manchester city centre too.
There is a big information board up there that helps you identify what you can spot and my favourite feature which is the circular dry stone wall (with entry and exit points) with spy holes that tell you what is framed in that particular view hole. A very cool feature that further helps you enjoy the amazing views.
Once you have enjoyed the views, retrace your steps to the main path and continue down the main path. You’ll pass through another kissing gate. At the bottom of the hill, you’ll need to pass through the gate on your right which puts you in a field. Follow the path up the edge of this field until you meet the gate that you need to pass through to rejoin that initial main path back along the main road to the car park.
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- Find loads of family walks North West here. There are walks suitable for young children and older children across Cheshire and beyond.
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