As well as good stories, Alderley Edge has some wonderful walks. We usually follow the wizard’s walk, a three and a half mile route passing several landmarks featured in the legend of Merlin the wizard. Not for the faint-hearted is the ‘thieves hole’ – a deep circular cave dug into the red sandstone. Elsewhere you’ll find a water pump, a tiny wizard’s house (a stone hut!) and a beacon marking the highest point of the Edge. Some of the paths are a bit steep – we’ve managed with a pushchair but you can avoid them if you wish.
An option for more able walkers is the two-hour circular route to Hare Hill which takes in some great scenery.
Alderley Edge is also a good place to bring children to play. My most recent visit involved meeting up with a few other school mums – our six-year-old boys climbed trees, became Jedi Knights, and generally entertained themselves solidly for two hours. Us mums meanwhile tried to identify landmarks in the panoramic view from Stormy Point. On a clear day you can see the hills of Derbyshire and Yorkshire with Lyme Cage prominent just in front.
For refreshments, there is a tearoom and a small enclosed wooded picnic area with tables, or alternatively you’re right by The Wizard Inn (see page 107) if you fancy something a little stronger. There is an information office offering family tracker packs on weekends containing maps, games and challenges.
Public toilets in the car park but no baby changing facilities.
Car park 8am-5pm. Pay and display car park.
Alderley Edge, Macclesfield Road, Nether Alderley,
Cheshire SK10 4UB
Tel: 01625 584412 nationaltrust.org.uk