Astbury Mere Country Park
Astbury Mere Country Park
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Astbury Mere Country Park occupies the site of a former sand quarry, just off Newcastle Road in Congleton, Cheshire. The site is just ten minutes walk from the town centre, with paths linking into the local countryside. It is right on the edge of the Peak District National Park.
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JOAN B
Wigan27 contributions
Aug 2022
What a great place. Visited for the first time as new to the area but what a surprise Astbury Mere Country Park proved to be. Looks to be well managed and maintained and nobody should begrudge the miniscule 50p parking charge although be being so close to town, walking in is free. We had dogs with us and yes we did pick up, and judging by our walk so did virtually every other dog owner. You'll always get some that don't but I've scene far worse places and paid far more money for the privilege!
Written September 1, 2022
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Peter J
16 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
An all weather lakeside stroll. A wall through dog friendly grass pal, through to mixed woodland. The watersports centre often features wind surfers and kayakers. Wending your way back throughwoodland you return to the carpark area and the small cafe and rangers lodge. The walk has access to Congleton town. Dense woodlands and the backdrop to the area are the first steps of the cheshire peack district.
Written March 5, 2020
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Doraexplorah
Cheshire, UK220 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Lived in the area for many years and this used to be a place I very much enjoyed taking my dogs for a walk off lead. I can see from reviews that I am not the only one who is very disappointed that this place of natural beauty has been fenced in and dogs restrained due to the complaints of the minority. Yes I’ve read the reply that is cut and pasted in response to comments like mine. But quite frankly it’s flannel. If the lake posed such a safety hazard - why is it the case that not all lakes in Cheshire and indeed the country are not fenced in? One only has to travel a few miles down the road to Brereton Heath to see how visitors and their dogs enjoy the natural beauty without the need for barricades and ruling that dogs must be on leads. I agree with the change from voluntary donations to parking fee. And the cafe at the main car park is a welcome addition. BUT PLEASE reconsider your stance with respect to keeping dogs on leads and the fences and notices everywhere.
Written February 13, 2022
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dlh286
Wrinehill, UK24 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
The park as a couple of walks but very restricted views over the lake. No access to waters edge as all fenced off for anglers.
Although a pleasant walk around very little to see due to this restriction. Very limited area for picnics by car park again very restricted view of lake, also in some parts there was a distinct smell from the doggie waste bin.
This place has lost a lot of appeal due to the way in which the view is so restricted, in the past children would be seen playing on the waters edge but no longer.
Written September 23, 2021
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Neville L
Crewe, UK4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Impressed by the transformation from a sand quarry to a park with visitor centre and very cheap car parking. Not too impressed however by the way trees and copious, invasive, tall bushes have been allowed rampage and spoil the view of the lake from the many seats and benches as you enter from the car park end.
There may be better views further around the lake, but being of limited walking ability they are inaccessible to me.
Ok for fishermen and dog walkers but not me I'm afraid until they attend to the culling of excessive vegetation.
Written September 7, 2023
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Wheresmebus
Nantwich, UK299 contributions
Jan 2023
We use this very frequently as a starting point for walking the many footpath circuits that are accessible from here. Check out some of the walking websites for suggested routes and itineraries, there’s loads of possibilities and distances available. If you fancy a shorter walk with toddlers or a woofer then the waterside path is about 1.1 miles car door to car door. Talking of the latter, there are usually a lot of dogs being walked or allowed off leash and sometimes not all owners seem to be very attentive about control or cleaning up issues. It’s a nice place though, plenty of benches and some little nooks and crannies to explore. There’s loos but now no info centre apart from some boards outside There is a small café now, which is handy. Currently it’s only a quid to park all day and note that there’s no actual access to the water at all apart from that organised and controlled at the Astbury Water Sports venue and by the local angling club. The mere is an old quarry and it’s very, very deep.
Written January 30, 2023
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Craig E
Manchester, UK1,779 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Nice short walk around the lake. Only takes 30 minimum maximum to walk round the lake. A few nice spots to stop for a picture with the lake in the background.
If you are after a short easy walk this place is perfect. Other than the lake not much else to see though.
Written January 14, 2020
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CraigE1119, Thanks for taking time t o review our country park. Have you tried the more challenging paths through the woodland areas?
Written January 15, 2020
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK945 contributions
May 2021
Loved the mere. The circular walk around the mere offers fantastic views and is truly relaxing. There is a coffee shop in the main car park if you need refreshement and a number of longer trails if you have more time.
Written May 22, 2021
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boyd1952
Newton Aycliffe, UK946 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
In the area on holiday we visited a few times for a walk. Very pleasant surroundings great path to walk on. Everyone we met socially distanced. How nice that dogs have to be on a lead & owners that abide by it.
Written May 22, 2021
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Kath S
Stoke-on-Trent, UK29 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Met up with friends for a socially distanced stroll around the lake and picnic. Well laid paths, benches and lots of grass to sit on. Had a lovely few hours & Only 50p to park. Be aware toilets are not open yet.
Written July 19, 2020
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