Astbury Mere Country Park

Described as the ‘Jewel in Congleton’s Crown’ Astbury Mere Country Park is a beautiful area for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors to the historic market town of Congleton. 

The Country Park is open from 9:00 until dusk every day of the year, except Christmas Day.  Admission is free of charge. 

Aerial View of Astbury Mere Country Park Congleton

Visiting Astbury Mere

Car Parking is 60p for up to 2 hours or £1:50 for longer, with no overnight parking.  Every penny raised goes towards the improvement of the country park.  You can also click here to buy annual parking permits for £40.

The Park and Display machine now accepts card payments (both Contactless, and Chip and PIN) as well as coins. 

Please try not to inconvenience local residents by parking on local roads.  If our car park is full and you need to park on Sandy Lane, please don’t obstruct traffic or park close to road junctions.

A beautiful Country Park saved for future generations!

The site of a former sand quarry for much of the 1980’s.  Discussions of the future of the area were extensive and controversial, the proposals included housing, light industry, offices and a motel complex!  Read how a group of local residents took on the local authority and big businesses in pursuit of their dream for the old quarry site to become a country park!

“Our vision for Astbury Mere is of a park that is freely accessible to all where people can gather in a natural and tranquil setting to enjoy fresh air and inspiring scenery. We aspire to endow the park with facilities that can enhance this unique environment and that benefit the life of our community and those that visit our town”.   

Astbury Mere Trust 25th January 2006

What’s on at Astbury Mere?

This beautiful resource, in the heart of Congleton, is put to good use by the town residents and visitors from nearby areas, view events & organistions who regularly use the park.

GG's Coffee Hub
GG's Coffee Hub

Italian Blend Coffee & Snacks

Secret recipe 3rd generation ice cream, luxury Italian blend coffee an array of snacks cakes and food. Set in beautiful surroundings. 

Astbury Watersports Centre
Astbury Watersports Centre

Education through Adventure

Astbury Water Sports Centre is the location in Congleton offering various water sports including canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and stand up paddle boarding and aslo land based outdoor activities

Congleton Park Run
Congleton Park Run

It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

 The event is held at Astbury Mere Country Park every Saturday morning at 9.00 am and is a timed 5K run.

If you can walk or cycle to the park, please do so.  If you must drive, please follow the marshalls’ instructions and try to avoid causing inconvenience to the local residents, avoiding the road junctions on Sandy Lane.

Stoke-on-Trent Anglers
Stoke-on-Trent Anglers


Astbury Mere is the Society’s only owned water, having been purchased in 2002. The water is extremely attractive and many swims offer easy access. A 43lb 3oz carp was recently caught! 

The Dog Father
The Dog Father

Dog Training Classes with Vic

Join Vic Barlow and his four-legged friends for Dog training classes every Saturday from 10am.

Community Orchard
Community Orchard

Congleton's first Community Orchard

Created with help from local residents and Congleton Sustainability Group, part of The Congleton Partnership. The orchard was originally 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 Visitor Centre

Meeting Room For Hire.

Astbury Mere is the perfect venue for your business meeting or community group, meeting rooms are for hire which have access to basic kitchen facilities and can be hired for private and community use.  Cost: from just £17.50 per session.

To book or enquire about bookings, please email our Countryside Ranger by clicking AMCP Room Booking, Telephone 01260 297237 or send an enquiry through the contact page, we are happy to help.

Awards and Accreditations

AMCP is one of only two country parks in Cheshire to have accreditation by Natural England and is also Cheshire’s first Eco Centre! Organised by Keep Britain Tidy whose award acknowledges the efforts made at the park to showcase environmental sustainable initiatives.

In 2017 the RHS gave AMCP an “Outstandiing Award” in its Your Neighbourhood Category.

Natural England Awards
Natural England Awards
Natural England Awards

What people say…

  • star rating  On a cold but quite pleasant mid January afternoon I visited Astbury mere with my family including 2 young children after walking twice around the beautiful lake taking in... read more

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    star rating  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... read more

    JOAN B
  • star rating  Stopover with our dog Loki, really enjoyed the walk around the lake, excellent clean grounds, plenty of bins. Good cafe, will return

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    star rating  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... read more

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  • star rating  Staying in the area and was looking for watersport hire for the rest of the family... unfortunately they were fully booked, but for a walk around the lake and nature... read more

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    star rating  Absolutely brilliant place to spend a few hours. We came here during partial lift of lock-down and it was so refreshing. Jog or walk around the beautiful lake. There are... read more

  • star rating  Fantastic kayaking party for my sons 13th Party! All the boys had the best time kayaking today. The instructor was brilliant with the boys and made the event safe and... read more

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    star rating  Staff at the cafeteria rude and unhelpful!!!
    However the park is well kept and definitely with the trip.

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  • star rating  Nice lap or two around the water and drinks from the cafe whilst visiting the town from Derbyshire. Good running track as well as we were passed 4 times... read more


    star rating  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... read more

    Peter J

Understand why people fall in love with Astbury Mere! We invite you to send in your pictures!

Astbury Mere needs your support!

Astbury Mere Trust relies on public donations to ensure the long term viability of AMCP to improve the enjoyment of the local community, and many thousands of visitors every year.

Apply for a Parking Permit

Regular visitors to the park can apply for a parking permit, never mess about with pesky change again!


Find Us Here

Astbury Mere Country Park, 
Sandy Lane, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FP


Swan walking on Astbury Mere Path

Astbury Mere