Alderley Edge woodland walk

Walking trail

This woodland walk begins at Alderley Edge railway station and is just 12 miles (19km) south of Manchester.

Explore a site of important archaeological and geological significance

Set around a dramatic sandstone escarpment in rolling Cheshire farmland and mature Scots pines and beech woodlands, the Edge has spectacular views, intriguing legends and an ancient mining history.

View the Cheshire landscape from Stormy Point, Alderley Edge


Map route for Alderley Edge woodland walk


National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ860776


From the railway station turn left towards Alderley village, where you can join the bus (130 Arriva service) that takes you point 2 on the map, by Nether Alderley Primary School and the start of the walk. If you arrive by bus, alight at the same stop.


After alighting the bus, turn left onto a bridleway up Bradford Lane. When the lane forks, take the left-hand route. Continue straight ahead until you reach a road just after Bradford Lodge Cottages and turn left up to Macclesfield Road (a prominent main road).


Take care crossing this sometimes-busy road, then climb the stile which leads towards the National Trust car park and bear left.


Go through the squeeze stile onto the Wizard Walk.

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Continue on the path, with Engine Vein on your right. When the paths cross, continue straight on towards Armada Beacon. Take the left-hand path past the beacon and, following the stone wall, turn left at the bottom.

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Take the steps up on your left to walk along the 'top' of the Edge. Continue onwards with a field on your left until you reach Castle Rock. There's a sheer drop here, so take care.

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From Castle Rock head towards the road, but after a few yards take a sharp turn right. This will take you down a short set of steps; turn left at the bottom and follow the path until it forks.

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Take the left-hand fork and continue for a short way, passing through an exit/entrance. Turn right through the second exit/entrance at the other end of the path onto Woodbrook Road. This steep, rough road will lead you down to a T-junction where it joins Trafford Road. Turn right here, going over the crossroads with Mottram Road until you reach another T-junction.

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Turn left here, up towards the A34. The Alderley Edge railway station car park is on the other side of the road.


National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ860776

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Alderley Edge woodland walk


Paths around the Edge are naturally uneven woodland or grass surfaces with steep slopes.

Dogs welcome, but please keep on leads when livestock are in the fields.

Alderley Edge woodland walk

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Alderley Edge woodland walk

How to get here

Alderley Edge, Wilmslow Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QA
By train

Frequent, Monday to Saturday from Manchester, Stockport and Crewe, less frequent Sunday service (every 2 hours from Crewe).

By road

1½ miles (2.4km) east of Alderley Edge village on B5087, Macclesfield Road.

By bus

Arriva 130, Monday to Saturday twice hourly, Sundays hourly. Alight at Nether Alderley Primary school, by point 2 on the map.

By bicycle

The Cheshire Cycleway (National Cycle Network Regional Route 7) passes within 1 mile (1.6km) of the start of this walk.

Alderley Edge woodland walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome, but please keep on leads when livestock are in the fields