Waterfall and clockhouse woods walk

Walking trail

Wander through this peaceful area of Alderley Edge filled with history and wildlife.

Woodland paths offer meandering walks and different places to explore

See majestic beech trees and babbling brooks whilst roaming through areas where past generations have mined and farmed the landscape.

Golden beech leaves sway in Clockhouse Wood at Alderley Edge


Map route for Waterfall and Clockhouse Woods walk


Picnic area near the Alderley Edge car park, grid ref: SJ859773


Start at the picnic area by the carpark and follow the broad farm track that runs straight ahead.


Continue to follow the path which leads straight into the woods. After it has bent to the left look for an opening on your left-hand side, this is Engine Vein.

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Continue walking along the path until it bends shapely to the right at which point walk through the gate on your left hand site into Dickens Wood. Just before this look out for the Goldenstone, on the verge, 22yd (20m) ahead.

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Once through the gate take the path to the right, passing a bench on your right-hand side. As the path drops downhill alongside fields, the view opens out looking towards the Peak District. Soon after the path forks into two, follow the purple arrow and take the higher path which descends into a deep gully at the heart of Waterfall Wood.

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Continue to follow the route until you reach a stream and use the stepping stone to cross into Clockhouse Woods. Begin to climb up the crude steps and you will soon arrive at the majestic Beech Cathedral, where the trees measure over 100 feet (35m) high.

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Continue to follow the path as it bends 180 degrees around the top of the slope and runs downhill, between dark hollies, to emerge between Clockhouse farm.


Continue up the ancient sunken lane. Near the top of the slope on the right hand side is a rock overhang.

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At the top of the lane turn right over a stile, towards two ponds. Bear left at the ponds, and then go right, over another stile. Ahead, a fenced in footpath crosses open pastures to join a sandy lane at the top of Waterfall Wood.


Go straight on, towards Edge House Farm. At the top of the lane, turn right and then left, uphill on a grassy track. The hollow on the right-hand side is the site of Abadine's Smelting House.

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At the top of the slope, the path crosses the old Carriage Drive. Continue straight ahead on a narrow footpath between wire fences to rejoin the farm track, and turn left, back to the car park.


Picnic area near the Alderley Edge car park, grid ref: SJ859773

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Waterfall and clockhouse woods walk


Steep and muddy in places. Mostly unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Waterfall and clockhouse woods walk

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Waterfall and clockhouse woods walk

How to get here

Alderley Edge, Macclesfield Road, Nether Alderley, SK10 4UB
By train

Alderley Edge train station 1½ miles (2.4km). From the station you can either catch the bus (see 'By bus') or walk down the A34 (pavemented) for 1 mile (1.6km) until you reach Bradford Lane. From here you can follow the directions given for bus.

By road

1½ miles (24km) east of Alderley Edge village on B5087, Macclesfield Road. Parking available at Alderley Edge, please pay and display.

By foot

The North Cheshire Way runs straight through the property and links Willaston in the west to Lyme Park in the east. It connects with the Wirral Way, the Sandstone Trail and the Gritstone Trail. There are also a number of footpaths and bridleways that pass through or close to the property.

By bus

Arriva 130, twice hourly Monday to Saturday, hourly on Sundays from Alderley Edge village (close to train station). Alight at Nether Alderley Primary School and follow Bradford Lane all the way to Macclesfield road until you reach the property. These roads are pavemented. There is the option to go through National Trust woodland.

By bicycle

On-road National Cycle Network route 70 passes by the property. The traffic on this road is sometimes heavy, particularly during rush hour.

Waterfall and clockhouse woods walk

Facilities and access

  • Mostly unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs