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Wizard walk at Alderley Edge

Walking trail

An easy-access circular walk in the heart of the Cheshire countryside exploring mining remains and learning about the popular legend of Alderley Edge.

Discover a local legend dating back to the 1750s

The nearby roadside Wizard Restaurant celebrates the popular legend of Alderley Edge, in a traditional tale featuring a wizard on a white mare, magic and treasure...

A plaque shows the original location of an Armada Beacon at Alderley Edge

Map

Map route for wizard walk at Alderley Edge

Start:

National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ859773

1

Start near the picnic area. The nearby roadside Wizard Restaurant celebrates the popular legend of Alderley Edge.

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Just beyond the Information Room, turn left into the woods and follow the surfaced path gently uphill to the Engine Vein.

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Look out for signs of old mine shafts as you continue uphill.

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4

Walk on to the Armada Beacon.

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The Armada Beacon Alderley Edge

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Beside the path, 220yd (200m) on, is the Druids' Circle.

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The path emerges from the trees onto the bare rock of Stormy Point.

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Spring view from Stormy Point Alderley

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Nearby is the gash of the Devil's Grave.

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Head away from Stormy Point, on Carriage Drive.

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9

Roughly halfway down the Drive, take an optional detour off to the right, to the atmospheric Canyon Mine.

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10

Return to the Carriage Drive and turn right. Where the drive meets a well-used farm road, look for the Goldenstone, on the verge, 22yd (20m) ahead.

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Now turn back, to return on the (sometimes busy) farm track to the main Alderley Edge to Macclesfield road and the car park.

End:

National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ859773

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Wizard walk at Alderley Edge

Terrain

Generally flat, surfaced and waymarked circuit. Gentle to moderate slopes; bumpy in parts. Suitable for pushchairs. Wheelchair users may need accompanying.

Dogs welcome but must be on leads in lambing/nesting season.

Wizard walk at Alderley Edge

Contact us

Wizard walk at Alderley Edge

How to get here

Address
Macclesfield Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4UB
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 road

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 50ys (46m) past this on your left hand side.

By bicycle

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.

Wizard walk at Alderley Edge

Facilities and access

  • Pay and display parking at Alderley Edge
  • Dogs welcome but must be on leads in lambing/nesting season
  • The public toilets open from 9.00am until the car-park closes