Alderley Edge


Cultural Landscape

 

 

 

A place of great natural beauty, Alderley Edge gets its name from the escarpment of red sandstone that rises 160m out of the gently rolling Cheshire Plain, known as the Edge. The Edge itself is managed by the National Trust and has spectacular views across Cheshire and towards the Peak District and Manchester, serving to remind that it is only a short distance to a cosmopolitan city. Tucked away beneath the Edge itself, Alderley Edge boasts many stunning properties, as well as various high quality restaurants and shops.

The Edge at Alderley is shrouded in myth and legend, for which it is most widely known. Stories of wizards and witches and treasure filled caverns are plentiful. There is a history of copper and lead mining back into the late seventeenth century, and recent archaeological discoveries suggest that this impressive site has been used as far back as the Bronze Age and Roman times.

 

Other nearby attractions

The Wizard Pub: Close to the Edge is this pub. It serves excellent food and is also within walking distance of the town.

Capesthorne Hall: located near to Macclesfield, this beautiful hall has been home to the Bromley Davenports since 1726.See website: www.capesthorne.com  

Hare Hill: this National Trust-owned walled garden, located in Over Alderley boasts an impressive variety of rhododendrons and azaleas. See website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk  

Nether Alderley Mill: This rustic mill is one of only a few examples of a complete corn mill. Now fully restored there are regular demonstrations of flour-grinding. See Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk  

Quarry Bank Mill: Once a working cotton mill the site is one of the finest industrial heritage sites in Britain. There are demonstrations of the equipment and tranquil walks. See website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-quarrybankmillandstyalestate .