A circular walk from Alderley Edge to Hare Hill
Alderley Edge, Macclesfield Rd, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4UBRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
An attractive walk which links the leafy, natural woodlands of Alderley Edge with Hare Hill's rolling parkland and woodland.
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Start: National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ860776
From the main National Trust car park on Macclesfield Road, take the path to the right of the information shelter (the picnic area is to your left). Turn right down the wide track. Continue past the Cheshire and Wirral Countryside Office on your left hand side.
Take a moment to find out a bit more about the legend of Alderley Edge and its Bronze Age heritage.
Where the track turns hard right, go through the handgate on your left and turn immediately right and follow the path down the hill. You will pass a bench under an oak tree, then the path will split. Take the right hand fork and carry on until you reach the bottom of the hill.
At the foot of the hill turn right, cross the stream and climb up to the zig-zag steps. At the top of the steps the path swings first left and then right before descending to a point near a farm on your left. Continue up the hill.
Why not take a moment to admire the statuesque beech trees that tower over you.
At the top of the slope, you will see a farm to your right. Keep left, the path dips down and hugs the edge of the hill.
There is a bench where you can sit and glimpse views across the Cheshire plain.
Climb down the steps, up the other side, over the stile and carry on straight ahead into the Hare Hill Estate.
Follow this path through Daniel Hill Wood, after the steps downwards go through a stile into a field. Go left and then follow the edge of the field until the path leads into Alder Wood.
Cross the footbridge, continue to the stile and climb over into the open parkland of Hare Hill. Follow the waymarker posts left across the park towards the lake. Go through a metal gate and then continue across the parkland up the steep slope.
The route leading up to the Hare Hill Gardens is a pretty area to rest for a moment or two. Look out for dragonflies skimming the lake and hares darting across the meadow.
Go through the wrought iron gate at the top of the park and either turn left to explore Hare Hill Gardens, or cross the car park and follow the drive out of the Estate towards Prestbury Road.
Why not visit the gardens whilst you are here. They are particularly beautiful in late spring and early summer when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. The gardens are open from April until October but please check the website for specific opening days and times before you visit.
Just before the end of the drive, prior to the main gate, turn right and take the footpath parallel to the road, through the estate. At the fourth stile by the wall join the pavement along Prestbury Road.
Turn right at the road junction. Past the entrance to Mount Farm and take the next track on your right (the stone masons will be on your left). Continue along the track past Adders Moss Farm entrance until you come to an electronic gate. Pass through the pedestrian gate on the left.
Continue along the track and as the track bears right, climb over the stile which is directly facing. Keep to the path along the fence line and look out for the stile on the left, which you need to go over.
Go through the narrow path, at the bottom continue ahead up the track through two sets of stiles (dog's leg section of path). Walk uphill and past the farm buildings on your left hand side.
Pass through a metal gate and at top of hill continue straight across the farm track and on through the narrow footpath between 2 fields.
Turn left when you meet the main track, taking you back on your original route towards the National Trust car park.
End: National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ860776
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)
- Time: 2 hours
- OS Map: Explorer 286
The terrain is a mixture of surfaced tracks, unsurfaced paths and crosses grassy parkland - so the route can get muddy in places. There are some steep sections through the woods. Please ensure you have appropriate footwear, stick to the route and keep dogs on leads when requested.
- How to get here:
By bike: Regional Cycle Route 70 passes by the Wizard Public Inn and the National Trust car park. This route is also know as the Cheshire Cycle Way. Please note that there are no cycle racks to lock bikes to at present
By train: The nearest station is Alderley Edge which is approximately 2 miles (3.2km) from here. There are good train links from Manchester, Stockport and Crewe. Taxis are available
By car: From Alderley Edge village, take the B5087 towards Macclesfield, climb up the hill and go past the Wizard Public Inn. You'll find the National Trust car park approximately 50 yds (46m) past this on your left
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