Macclesfield Express - - DOGFATHER -

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion about East Cheshire Ram­blers, visit ram­blers eastcheshire.org.uk.

●● The view from Stormy Point ex­tend­ing to the Pen­nine hills

●● Devil’s Grave

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