Take the A537
Knutsford Road from Macclesfield and turn left at the junction with
the A34. Proceed towards Congleton. Now take the first left (signposted
A lay-by and
small surfaced parking area will soon be reached (grid reference
SJ847 713 on sheet 118 of the OS Landranger Map). Beyond are picnic
tables and a short footpath which rejoins the road at the mere side.
However, many people prefer to drive on a little further and park
on the rough ground facing the lake. From here, good views may be
had of the length of the lake. Please be careful of traffic.
To view a location
half a mile in length and is used for sailing. The clubhouse is
situated halfway along the eastern (right hand) shore. There is
no public access to the western shore, although an angling club
does fish from both banks. Access to the eastern shore is by public
footpath (signposted Capesthorne). This footpath leaves the road
some 100 yards beyond the lake and crosses two fields before running
behind the wooded fringes of the lake. A roughly surfaced path then
runs through reeds and scrub before crossing a footbridge to emerge,
via a bridle gate, by the clubhouse. The path then continues forward
to follow the drive to the main road. (Pheasant are often seen in
the fields on the right.) It is preferable to retrace one's steps
than to return by the road.
The walk may
be extended by crossing the small footbridge on the left, just before
the road gate. Pass along the short northern bank of the lake (a
good vantage point) before crossing the A34 and the opposite stile.
Now continue along the boundary of the field until the southern
bank of the Capesthorne lakes is reached. There are good views of
the hall available from here. The path then joins Mill Lane at a
small lodge. Turn left here and then right at the T-junction with
the A34. From here, the next left will complete the circuit.
The Best Time Of
Winter is the best
time for waterfowl, although many of the species are present throughout
the year. Coot may number as many as 200 in the winter months, but their
nests can often be seen in the reeds from March onwards.
There are large flocks
of mallard with some odd-looking hybrids in their midst. Canada geese,
moorhen, and tufted duck are present in some numbers. Mute swan, and great
crested grebe, can usually be seen while pochard, ruddy duck, shoveller,
and goldeneye and kingfisher may be spotted occasionally. The secretive
water rail has been seen and some rare species - such as smew - have been
known to visit.
In summer, sand martin,
swallow, and house martin can be seen wheeling above the water.
Resident species in
the woodland include the following birds: chaffinch, nuthatch, treecreeper,
wren, great spotted woodpecker, little and tawny owls. Summer visitors
will include the blackcap, the willow warbler, and spotted flycatchers.
Reed warblers are frequently heard calling in the reeds close to the sailing
club, but this is a very difficult bird to spot.
Other Points Of
Redesmere is a favourite
place for children to feed the ducks, some of which will take food from
a human hand. But beware, these ducks are liable to be a hazard on the
The car-park can be
very busy at weekends, but relatively few visitors take the footpath through
the fields, which can be very wet.
Capesthorne Hall is
open to the public at certain times. There are several walks in the grounds
and these are described in a booklet obtainable from the Hall.