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Cecilly Brook

A 1.25km nature reserve following Cecilly Brook in Cheadle

Situated in the centre of Cheadle the nature reserve surrounds a 1.25km stretch of Cecilly Brook, home to water voles & wild flower meadows.

Cecilly Brook is one of the most important sites for water voles in Staffordshire.

Ancient flower rich meadows occur at edge of the brook near Thorley Drive. Mature hawthorn and blackthorn hedges surround the fields with dog rose, elder and hazel. Ivy and honeysuckle provide rich nectar sources for insects.


The site can be accessed via the valley walk footpath from Ullswater Drive, Oakamoor Road, Ashbourne Road and Rakeway Road.  Other footpaths from Bittern Lane, Dale Close, Maple Close, Cedar Close and through Thorley Drive Playing Fields.


Parking is available at the South Moorlands Leisure Centre, Allen Street, Cheadle. Cecilly Brook runs below the sports grounds at the back of the leisure centre.

Disabled access

There is a surfaced path along three quarters of the length of the site.


  • water voles
  • ancient wildflower meadows
  • hedgerows
  • surfaced path
  • seating
  • education pack for Key Stage 2 with site specific activities

Caring for the site

  • Follow the countryside code [2MB]  
  • Put your litter or dog waste in the bins provided
  • Keep your dog under control - do not let it chase or worry wildlife
  • Leave gates as you find them

Visit Staffordshire County Council to report a problem with a footpath.


Grass buffer strips adjacent to Cecilly Brook are cut on a rotation to benefit water voles.  Existing hedges are laid and new ones have been planted. The species rich grassland is managed as hay meadow to maintain the wildflower interest. New areas of species rich grassland have been created by spreading green hay on former amenity grass areas. Nest boxes are provided for bats and birds.

Get more involved

There is an established Friends of  Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool group. Visit their website or email them to find out how you can be more involved with the reserve.