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The Druids Circle at Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside, Cheshire
The Druids Circle at Alderley Edge | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris
Cheshire & Greater Manchester

The Wizard's Wander at Alderley Edge

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

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ859773

Step 1

Start near the picnic area. The nearby Wizard Tea-room celebrates the popular legend of Alderley Edge.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Walk onward to the Armada Beacon.

The Armada Beacon at Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside, Cheshire.
The Armada Beacon at Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

Nearby is the gash of the Devil's Grave.

Step 8

Head away from Stormy Point, on Carriage Drive.

Step 9

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

Step 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.

Step 11

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

End point

National Trust car park, grid ref: SJ859773

Trail map

Map of the Wizard's Wander at Alderley Edge
Map of the Wizard's Wander walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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

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