WIZARD’S Well was one of the highlights of a recent weekend walk from Alderley Edge by East Cheshire Ramblers.
It not only included mystical places popularised by the international-selling children’s author Alan Garner, but also conjured up spellbinding views of the Cheshire Plain.
Setting off from the National Trust car park at Alderley Edge, the easy, six-mile stroll headed south down Bradford Lane and along quiet footpaths through farm fields. It then circled back towards Macclesfield Road to re-enter the NT estate and proceed along the Edge - the towering sandstone escarpment formed by seismic earth movements more than 200 million years ago.
En route, the party of 15 walkers passed other landmarks that Garner, who grew up in Alderley Edge, wrote about in his fantasy, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, published in 1960, such as Devil’s Grave at Stormy Point and the Goldenstone that lies beside Carriage Drive on the edge of Dickens Wood. Leaving behind myth and legend, the group was also able to see evidence of the 4,000-year-old copper mines that lie beneath the ridge, before they emerged from its mantle of lofty Scots pines and beech trees. There they experienced the magnificent panorama which extends out towards Manchester and Lyme Park, as far as the Pennine hills. The return journey via Clockhouse Wood and Adder’s Moss was completed with refreshments at the NT tea rooms which, on a hot summer’s day, made a perfect end to a fascinating walk.
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●● The view from Stormy Point extending to the Pennine hills
●● Devil’s Grave