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. The Visitor Centre is adjacent to the car park here. There is a tea room in the Visitor Centre at Teggs Nose. This sells tea, coffee, drinks, cakes and other snacks, and is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
The Visitor Centre at Tegg’s Nose has many interesting displays, walking guides, and toilets. Unfortunately there is currently no cafe in the Visitor Centre (but there are plans to open one).
Tegg’s Nose Country Park is a mixed habitat consisting of open heather moorland, meadows and woodlands. 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 views from the car park (pictured here), and over Macclesfield and the Cheshire plain.
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.