Walk from Prestbury to Mottram and Hare Hill
NOTE that the permissive path across the Hare Hill estate, after Alder Wood, is closed during the winter months. If the permissive path through the estate is closed, the gate into the woods at Daniel Hill will be locked. An alternative route is to follow the driveway at step 20, past a house, all the way back to the main road in Over Alderley. Turn left along the main road, to rejoin the original route at step 25.
The walk starts and ends in Prestbury village. There are several car parks in the village. There are also several pubs and restaurants in the village. There are toilets near to where the high street passes over the River Bollin. Despite being a relatively long walk, it is fairly easy. However, three hours should be allowed.
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The walk begins and ends in the village of Prestbury. Prestbury began as the administrative centre of a large rural parish. During the nineteenth century it became involved in the silk industry. During the twentieth century it developed into a residential area with a reputation for affluence. From Prestbury, the walk heads out through farm land, crosses over the main Prestbury to Wilmslow road, then onto the village of Mottram St. Andrew. Mottram St. Andrew is a small, charming village, but note that there are no shops or other facilities there. After leaving Mottram, the walk skirts around the area known locally as Daniel Hill. This offers views across open countryside and back over to Mottram. The path from Daniel Hill to Hare Hill has several clear signposts to "Hare Hill".
Hare Hill is a charming woodland with a delightful walled garden, spectacular rhododendron and azalea displays, and a holly collection of national repute. The previous owner of the garden was a great rhododendron enthusiast and steadily introduced them into the garden from 1960 onwards. In the spring there are snowdrops, daffodils, a huge clematis montana, Skunk Cabbage and magnolia to see. If you have the time, it is worth breaking the walk for a look around the garden (at step 15 below).
After Hare Hill, the walk follows roads and footpaths back to Prestbury.
The route is also available as a plain page.