Walk from Over Alderley to Alderley Edge
The walk starts at Over Alderley, near to the other National Trust property in the area, Hare Hill. Take the main road out of Macclesfield to Alderley Edge (B5087). There are several turnings off to the right, signposted to Prestbury. Look out for Finlow Hill Lane on the left, then take the next turning to the right which is signposted to Prestbury and Hare Hill - this is quite a sharp turn to the right and on a left-hand bend, so care needs to be taken if arriving by car. The walk actually starts up a narrow lane on the left, which is signposted to Adders Moss Farm and Hill Top Farm. If arriving by car, continue past the narrow lane and down to a road junction and bear left - parking is available in a narrow layby on the right, just past Festival Drive.
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From Over Alderley, and before arriving at the Edge, the walk skirts around the area known locally as Daniel Hill. This offers views across open countryside and over the village of Mottram St. Andrew. The path from Daniel Hill to Alderley Edge has several clear signposts to "The Edge".
Although this walk is a little further out of Macclesfield than my other walks, it is worth including because of the stunning views from the Edge at Alderley. The walk passes close to the main National Trust car park at Alderley Edge twice, and toilets and refreshments are available here.
Upon reaching the woods of Alderley Edge, the walk ensures that both of the best two viewing points are visited, so hopefully you'll be doing this walk on a fine day. From the viewing points, Stockport, Manchester, and beyond to the Pennines may be seen. Alderley Edge is an escarpment of soft red sandstone - the flat Cheshire Plain is disturbed by gently-rising land which suddenly drops away again back to the flat landscape. This is the geological Alderley Edge which reaches to 600 ft (160m) above the surrounding land. Standing literally on the Edge one can see - on a clear day - across to Manchester, Stockport and the Pennines. The Edge has a long history as a mining area since the Romans, and maybe earlier peoples, first started extracting copper ore; there are numerous mine shafts and tunnels in the area. A caving club gives guided tours. The Legends of Alderley Edge website details the many other interesting features and folklore of the area.
This walk also explores the less-popular common land that lies the other side of the main road (still owned by the National Trust), through woods down to the appropriately-named Artists Lane.
The route is also available as a plain page.