Ridgegate reservoir is situated on the western edge of Macclesfield Forest on the edge of the Peak National Park.
From Macclesfield: Follow the A523 away from the town centre towards Leek (London Road). At the traffic lights junction with Byron’s Lane turn left towards Langley. Follow the signs for Langley, turning left into Jarman. Drive through Langley village for a further 600 yards until you arrive at the Leathers Smithy public house. Ridgegate reservoir is on the right of the road.
The Club’s lower fishery on the River Dane is where the A523 Macclesfield –Leek road crosses the Cheshire-Staffordshire county boundary.
Follow the A523 Macclesfield-Leek road south from Macclesfield for approximately 3 miles, through Bosley cross-roads, on for a further mile and a half through Bosley village to where the River Dane passes under the road bridge. MFFC fishings are upstream of the road bridge for approximately ¾ mile. This is our stocked river fishing.
The Club’s wild trout fishing is located further up-river. For the section referred to as Back Dane the most appropriate parking is at the public car park near Gradbach Youth Hostel. The Youth Hostel is reached from the A54 Congleton-Buxton road. At Allgreave take the right hand junction next to the Rose and Crown public house. Follow this road for approximately 2 miles. At the sign for Gradbach Youth Hostel turn sharp right towards the youth hostel. The public car park is approximately 400 yards down this road on the right well before the hostel. From this point the Club owns the fishing rights upstream to Three Shires Head and downstream to waters meet where Clough Stream joins the river.
The Club’s Clough Stream fishing is all located in Wildboarclough valley. Access to this area can be either from the south end turning left off the A54 Congleton-Buxton road 150 yards before crossing the river. From the northern end access is from the A537 Macclesfield-Buxton road turning right down towards the Stanley Arms public house. At the public house turn right into Wildboarclough. The Club’s fishing starts approximately 600 yards down from this junction. Parking is available along the whole of this length in the various lay-bys along the road. Please note there are a couple of short private sections of this water owned by other Clubs/landowners. These are clearly marked.