Welcome to
Astbury Mere Country Park

Astbury Mere Country Park occupies the site of a former sand quarry, just off Newcastle Road in Congleton, Cheshire. The site encompasses 14ha of open space, 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.

This stunning aerial view was taken a few years ago; the road running left to right is the A34 Newcastle road, with Padgebury Lane seen bottom centre of the picture, and Fol Hollow can be seen on the right.

Astbury Mere Country Park video. Please take a look at our video of the facilities in the Park, including some aerial footage of the mere. Some of our woodland paths are, quite simply, stunning!

Visitor Centre

Opening Hours

The Visitor Centre is open daily from 9.00am - 5.00pm. The car park opening hours vary during the year please Contact the Ranger for further information.

Visitor Centre Facilities:

  • The Visitor Centre contains information about the park, local countryside, community activities, events and tourist information.
  • The Visitor Centre has access to basic kitchen facilities can be hired for private and community use. Cost: from just £17.50 per session.
  • Defibrulators are sited at the Visitor Centre and the Watersports Centre at the opposite side of the mere.
  • A wheelchair is available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Easy Access Trail.
  • All weather paths, including around the mere.
  • Panoramic views over Astbury Mere
  • Mobile catering van on site during weekends and school holidays.
  • Community Orchard. The orchard was planted by local school children who celebrated the launch by acting out ‘The Tale of the Orchard’, a story written especially for the site by local author Louise Renn.

Astbury Mere Country Park wins Eco Centre Status

Cheshire's First Eco Centre!

A notable achievement for Astbury Mere Country Park. AMCP becomes Cheshire’s first Eco Centre! Organised by Keep Britain Tidy the award acknowledges the efforts made at the park to showcase environmental sustainable initiatives.

Pictured with the new Eco Centre flag are members of Astbury Mere Trust, Ranger Matt Axford and Fiona Bruce, MP and patron of the Trust.

Left to right: Peter Minshull; Matt Axford; Jeanie Silk; Fiona Bruce MP; Margaret Williamson; Rob Minshull.

Astbury Mere Country Park wins Natural England Accreditation

One of Only Two Parks in Cheshire

Another notable achievement for Astbury Mere Country Park. AMCP becomes one of only two parks in Cheshire to win accreditation to Natural England.

At the end of July 2012, AMCP had met all the criteria set by Natural England under the Country Parks Accreditation Scheme, and can now be called an accredited country park.

It joins about 50 other parks from around the country that are entitled to display the logo to the right.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Application

During 2015, the Trust plans to submit a detailed HLF Application for site development, and seeks to engage the public's opinion for the new visitor centre. More information in due course...

Organisations Using Astbury Mere Country Park

This beautiful resource, in the heart of Congleton, is put to good use by the town residents and visitors from nearby areas and indeed from many parts of the Country. Below are some of the organisations using the Park on a regular basis.

Congleton Parkrun

What is Congleton Parkrun? not to be confused with Congleton Park, this event is held at Astbury Mere Country Park every Saturday morning at 9.00am, and is a timed 5K run.

Congleton is the location for Cheshire's first parkrun, and starts from close to the main car park at the Visitor Centre. You can find out more by visiting the Parkrun website

Congleton Parkrun

What does it cost to join in? Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! Adults of all ages, and children as young as seven or eight. All Parkruns are run by volunteers, so if you can help...

You can find out more by visiting the Parkrun website

Celebrating the 100th Congleton Parkrun.
Runners in red have completed 50 runs, the lady in black has ran in over 100 Parkruns!

Stoke-on-Trent Anglers (SOTAS)

The water is a shared amenity with a sailing club who hold a lease with SOTAS. Members are encouraged not to cause conflict with other water users, rather share in the enjoyment of such an outstanding venue.

This lake extends to some 43 acres, and is a very attractive piece of water set in a slight valley surrounded in part by trees. On site there are WC's and facilities to purchase food and beverages. Good access and car parking. Visit the SOTAS website

Species: The lake has good stocks of carp, perch, pike, and roach. The Society was istrumental in a previous stocking in 1988, when roach, bream, common and mirror carp from the Capesthorne Estate were stocked.

Stunning shot taken just as the sun is going down by some of our night fishermen; note the swans on the lake.

Congleton Nature Watch

Based at Astbury Mere Country Park in Congleton. We hold nature events throughout the year. Watch out for the events listings.

NATURE WATCH is aimed at primary school aged children but families and all age groups are welcome. Sometimes we have specialist talks, for people like our bat expert, which is aimed more at adults. Our events will often include a craft activity for participants to take home.

Children events are supported by Wildlife Watch, the junior branch of The Wildlife Trust. It encourages children to engage in their environment and the issues affecting it.

Visit the Congleton Nature Watch Facebook page.

Events are now also supported by Cheshire East Countryside Rangers, and wildlife images from the Park and further information can be found on our Facebook page..

Great image of waterfowl who are to be seen on a regular basis on the Mere; note the Danger Sign - swimming is banned because of the inherent dangers of such activity at this site, and paddling also, as the water is very deep. The Trustees want all users to enjoy themselves, and above all to be safe.

Peak Pursuits at Astbury Mere

Astbury Mere Country Park is the home of watersports in Congleton. Enjoy instructed sessions in sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and raft building. Whether you are a child or an adult, a beginner or looking to improve your skills we have a course for you.

For all instructed sessions advanced booking is essential.

What does it cost to join in?
Canoe Hire - £15 per hour
Sit-on-Top kayak - £7 per hour
Double Sit-on-Kayak - £10 per hour
Katakanu (max 6 people) - £20 per hour
No experience required, please call ahead to book.

You can find out more by visiting the Peak Pursuits website

N.B Boat hire includes paddles, waterproof cag, and buoyancy aid and helmets if deemed necessary. It is advisible to bring a change of clothes and a towel when taking part in water based activities.

Archery and team building activities are also available.