If travelling by car, Tegg’s Nose Country Park may be found by following the Buxton Road (A537) out of Macclesfield. About 1 mile from Macc town centre, there is a sign to Tegg’s Nose off to the right, along Buxton Old Road. Follow Buxton Old Road for 1½ miles, and the entrance to Tegg’s Nose is on the right. There is a Visitor Centre adjacent to the car park here. Unfortunately there is currently no cafe in the Visitor Centre.
Tegg’s Nose Country Park is a mixed habitat consisting of open heather moorland, meadows and woodlands. The park lies on Tegg’s Nose, a distinctive hill where footpaths take visitors to some exceptional viewpoints. Tegg’s nose used to be a quarry in Macclesfield of days gone by, and some of the old quarrying machinery is still strewn around the area. Now the park is for recreational use and there are some great walks around the area and some great views over Macclesfield and the Cheshire plain.
The park can be explored by following Tegg’s Nose Trail (2½ miles), which leaves from the Visitor Centre, and takes you down from the windy summit to the shelter of the woodland 200m below. Unfortunately you also have to climb back up again, and the trail is fairly strenuous, so strong footwear is a must. The Gritstone Trail (a 35mile walk from Disley to Kidsgrove) passes through Tegg’s Nose Country Park. Also, two challenging bike rides start from Tegg’s Nose (see the Cycling section for details).
The car park is actually situated at Windyway, which was once a deep quarry hole. The quarry here produced a blue stone, while the main quarry on Tegg’s itself produced Tegg’s Nose Pink. The main quarry face is the best place to see the rock which is millstone grit, a type of sandstone that is particularly durable. At one time, 70% of the streets of Macclesfield were paved with stone from Tegg’s Nose.
Demand changed in the 1930s, when crushed stone was needed for building roads and airfields. Blasting was introduced, which was unpopular with local people as it was so noisy, and sometimes rocks would plunge down the hillsides. Quarrying finally ended in 1955.
The meadows beneath the summit are rich in wild flowers: the mountain pansy, tormentil and delicate harebells. In the woodland which is down towards Tegg’s Nose reservoir, you will find oak trees, beech and a hornbeam, surrounded by holly and mountain ash. You will hear woodpeckers in the spring, and later in the year blue tits and flycatchers will be seen.