The permissive footpath to Alderley Edge

Hare Hill Alder Wood

After a stroll round Hare Hill garden, try a more challenging walk across working farmland and through the woods to Alderley Edge.

The two mile footpath to Alderley Edge, through beautiful rolling Cheshire countryside and woodland, offers an opportunity to see the historic landscape that surrounds Hare Hill. Our Rangers and volunteers work hard to conserve this area, which is dotted with Victorian culverts and historic hedgerows. and features an ornamental lake. The walk is popular with many visitors - so much so that we need to manage the times when it can be accessed. Overuse from being open all year round has brought about erosion of the landscape and a reduction in wildlife, which we are now trying to address.  It is a permissive path, rather than a public right of way, which means the landowners and the tenant farmer can decide to restrict access when necessary. Although well-behaved dogs on leads are welcomed, there are certain times of year, particularly in late Spring when the cows are calving, when we may need to close the footpath for a few weeks for the protection of the livestock - check back here for updates. When the footpath is open, please note the following points to keep you, your dogs and the livestock safe:

  • Keep your dogs under close control and on a short lead when walking through Hare Hill farmland
  • If you think you are in danger, release your dog so you can both escape separately
  • Remember, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs that are worrying cattle

Thank you for your co-operation.

There are no longer maps of the route - instead, follow our well placed red and green waymarks and you can't get lost!  At certain times it can be wet and muddy, so wear suitable footwear. Please stay on the waymarked paths.

The permissive path is normally open from March 1 to October 30, Tuesday to Sunday, 1030-1700.