Wizard’s Well & Stormy Point

This walk takes you to some of the highlights of Alderley Edge.

Technical sheet
No. 15414535
A Alderley Edge walk posted on 01/10/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 04/10/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h30[?]
Distance Distance : 2.64mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 371ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 371ft
Highest point Highest point : 643ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 269ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Alderley Edge
Starting point Starting point : N 53.304972° / W 2.228674°
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Description

(D/A) From the rear of the pub, follow the fence on the right of the garden and out into Beaufort Close. Turn left. At the junction with Devonshire Road at the end of the road, turn left. Follow the road right at the next junction (Marlborough Avenue), then turn left at the next junction (Moss Lane).

(1) At the next T-junction (Mottram Road) cross and turn right. After 100 yards, turn left into Squirrels Jump. Take the path into the woods beyond the barrier at the end of the road. Climb the wooded slope gently, then descend slightly to a junction of paths.

(2) Turn right and climb a long flight of steps. Turn left at the top and shortly pass the Wizard’s Well on your right. After passing below a couple more rocky outcrops, turn right up stone steps and through gateposts then left to reach the top of Castle Rock. Follow the path beyond, with the wooded edge dropping away to your left and fields on your right. The path re-enters the trees and follows a wall on the right, turning right below the Armada Beacon. Bear left onto a lower path and follow it around the head of a wooded combe, crossing another path at the lowest point. Climb to emerge into the open area around Stormy Point. 

(3) From Stormy Point, bear left and pass below the plaque recording the area’s gift to the National Trust. Descend past a clump of rocks to a saddle. Climb the ridge opposite; just to the left of the highest point, a waymark post indicates the way on. Descend to the bottom of the wood and bear left into a field. Follow the surfaced path down the right-hand side of the field, then continue out to the road. 

(4) Take a few steps to the left, then turn right down the drive to Saddlebole Farm. Level with the house, turn left over a stile and bear right to a kissing gate. Follow the right-hand hedge to a stile into a road.

(5) Turn left, then right at the junction (Moss Road, signposted ‘Alderley Edge’). Follow the road for 600 yards, as it bends left then right. At No. 24, turn left into a driveway between hedges, signposted as a foot-path. Turn right in front of the house and join the footpath beyond. At the end, turn right along cobbled Duke Street. At the junction with Moss Road, turn left then left again into Moss Rose to return to the Drum & Monkey.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 272ft - The Drum & Monkey
1 : mi 0.29 - alt. 328ft - Mottram Road
2 : mi 0.73 - alt. 495ft - Steps
3 : mi 1.32 - alt. 594ft - Stormy Point
4 : mi 1.6 - alt. 364ft - Mottram Road
5 : mi 1.86 - alt. 299ft - Moss Road
D/A : mi 2.64 - alt. 272ft - The Drum & Monkey

Useful Information

This walk includes a long stepped climb to the Edge, some uneven or muddy paths, and steep descent. Two stiles.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The Wizard’s Well was reputedly carved in the 19th century by Robert Garner, a local stone-mason and great-great-grand-father of Alderley Edge resident Alan Garner, who wrote The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, the classic Cheshire fantasy set in and around the Edge.

The Armada Beacon was one of a chain of fire beacons set up in Tudor times to act as an early-warning system in case of invasion. The memorial stone stands among the foundations of a stone building (demolished in the 1930s) which housed the fire basket. It in turn was built on top of a much older Bronze Age barrow.

The Druid’s Circle on Alderley Edge is not genuinely prehistoric, being only around 200 years old and possibly also the work of Robert Garner (see Wizard’s Well, above). The Golden Stone, a large natural boulder, was used in the Middle Ages as a boundary marker and is a Scheduled Monument.

Nether Alderley Mill (left) dates back to the late 1500s and contains 19th-century machinery. It is in the care of the National Trust and opens for guided tours at weekends from April to October. Nearby St Mary’s Church contains the Stanley Pew, a rare ‘flying’ pew of around 1600.

Stormy Point (right) provides superb views across the Cheshire Plain to Lyme Park and Kinder Scout. Among the sandstone outcrops is the Devil’s Grave, a former copper working. According to folklore, the Devil can be summoned by running round it three times anticlockwise.

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