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.
Visiting Astbury Mere
Car Parking is 50p for up to 4 hours or £1 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 £25.
Please note the park and display machine only accepts coins. You can also scan the QR code on the P&D machine, add your Parking Reg as a note and pay via PayPal or card.
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
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
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
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.
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
Dog Training Classes with Vic
Join Vic Barlow and his four-legged friends for Dog training classes every Saturday from 10am.
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.
Visitor Centre Meeting Room For Hire.
The Visitor Centre contains information about the park, local countryside, community activities, events and tourist information.
The centre has access to basic kitchen facilities and can be hired for private and community use. Cost: from just £17.50 per session.
WE ARE NOW TAKING ROOM BOOKINGS, WE AIM TO REOPEN ON JUNE 21ST.
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.
What people say…
nice circular walk and intermittent lake views. Lake for fishing only although a water sports facility there too. Cafe on site.
I have know this place for most of my life, from our 2 sons windsurfing days. All the water is now fenced off as its owned by a fishing club.... read more
Peaceful Lake -Spent a peaceful morning at this lovely Mere - which used to be sand quarry some 30 or 40 years ago and was donated to the Astbury Mere... read more
Lovely walk, well kept park, blessed today with a warm breeze and sunshine.
Lovely to be out, nice coffee from the on site cafe.
Will definitely become a regular walk.... read more
We visit Astbury Mere on a regular basis. Our dogs love this place. A bit muddy and wet at times but in general very nice place. Recently loads of runners,... read more
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
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
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
Great place to walk around and have a coffee or even an indian meal half way around. Fishing, ducks and plenty of places to sit if you have a picknick
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... read more
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