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Walk around Alderley Edge

The walk starts and ends at Alderley Edge, at a small car park near Beacon Lodge. If travelling by car, take the main road out of Macclesfield to Alderley Edge (B5087). Pass the main National Trust car park on the right and the Wizard restaurant. Shortly after there is a layby on the right, adjacent to a small house (Beacon Lodge) - park here. If there is not enough space here, you'll have to turn around and go back to the National Trust car park.

Get directions to the Beacon Lodge layby by public transport or car with Redplanet.

FACT FILE
Distance: 6.3 miles (10.2 km)
Terrain: Mainly footpaths and bridleways, one major incline, can be muddy in places.
Access: Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs
Grade: Moderate Walk
Time: 2½ to 3 hours
Ascent: 286 metres
Maps: OS Explorer Map 268
Start: Beacon Lodge, Alderley Edge.
Grid Ref: SJ 857 775

 

Route Guide

The walk passes close to the main National Trust car park at Alderley Edge, and toilets and refreshments are available here.

Alderley Edge is an escarpment of soft red sandstone - the flat Cheshire Plain is disturbed by gently-rising land which suddenly drops away again back to the flat landscape. This is the geological Alderley Edge which reaches to 600 ft (160m) above the surrounding land. The Edge has a long history as a mining area since the Romans, and maybe earlier peoples, first started extracting copper ore; there are numerous mine shafts and tunnels in the area. A caving club gives guided tours.

When Alderley Edge was heathland the Edge provided uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside. A small monument marks the site where there was once a beacon, constructed in the 16th century on the highest point of the Edge.

This walk is a circular walk with the viewing edges at Alderley Edge at its centre. It is only a short detour from the walk up to the viewing edges, with their famous views across the Cheshire Plain. This walk also explores the less-popular common land that lies the other side of the main road (still owned by the National Trust), around the appropriately-named Artists Lane (pictured here). Alderley Edge’s legendary lady in white, Nell Beck, was last seen drifting across Artists Lane in the 1800s, scaring a group of Alderley boys out of their wits.

 

 

Route Details

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