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Forest Chapel

OS Grid ref:- SJ 974 722

The small Peak District hamlet of Forest Chapel is situated in scenic surroundings high in Macclesfield Forest.

The Church of St Stephen is situated in a hollow on the ridge between Langley to the west and the valley of Clough Brook to the east. A chapel has occupied the site since 1673, although the present building dates from 1834.

Forest Chapel

The ancient ceremony of Rushbearing still takes place at Forest Chapel annually on the nearest Sunday to the 12th August, rushes are taken from nearby streams and marshes and laid on the floor of the church. The ceremony harks back to the times when carpets were rare and rushes were generally used for floor-covering. Macclesfield Forest is the only place where the tradition now survives in Cheshire.

The Church interior

St Stephens, Forest ChapelForest Chapel

The chapel is built adjacent to Toot hill where there are remains of an ancient earthworks.

Below Forest Chapel is a pub called the Stanley Arms, which offers a relaxed atmosphere, cask-conditioned real ales and good food, the inn stands on Oven Lane, which crosses Clough Brook here and starts to climb up again to the Cat and Fiddle, the second-highest inn in England.

Nearby places of interest

Three Shires Head, is a beauty spot where the three counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire meet is a short walk from the Wildboarclough.

Macclesfield Forest, once the centre of a Royal Forest created by the Norman kings for the purpose of hunting game such as deer, wild boar and wolves. It once encompassed all the area from Disley to the River Dane. The forest is home to a herd of red deer, while the reservoirs contain a wide variety of wildfowl.

Shutlingsloe is the third highest peak in the Cheshire (Shining Tor being the highest and Whetstone Ridge the second ) with an elevation of 506 metres (1,660 feet), the summit offers excellent views. On a clear day the mountains of North Wales are visible from its summit.

Adlington Hall, set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, the current building was begun in 1315, although late medieval and Tudor remodeling have since changed its appearance.

A walk from Wildboarclough to Wincle

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