Old Pale

Parking, visitor centre, café, toilets.
Mostly steep but well surfaced paths.

Forestry Commission: 01606 889792

This 137 hectare site was the first area of the great Norman hunting Forests of Mara to come from forestry into agriculture, and the first to go back to forestry. It is a haven for visitors to enjoy wildlife and nature, with an arboretum, wildflower meadow and an amphitheatre for events. Already it is one of Cheshire's best areas for spotting butterflies.

Local people and school children have assisted in the development of Old Pale, planting trees and passing comment on the future of the site. From the top of the hill experience the majestic views of seven counties: Cheshire, Lancashire, Flintshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Denbighshire. After the gruelling climb to the summit, wind your way back down watching the forest unfold in front of you. Trees at Old Pale can be dedicated to loved ones through the Dedicate a Tree scheme. Click here for more information.