komoot
  • Discover
  • Route planner
  • Features
Discover

Alderley Edge

Hiking around Alderley Edge

Hiking

in

Photo: Simon

Our Tour recommendations are based on thousands of activities completed by other people on komoot.

Learn More

Walks around Alderley Edge explore some of Cheshire’s most stunning countryside from a village that is renowned for its affluence. The village is named for – and nestled below – the steep, wooded sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, which rewards with exceptional views across the vast Cheshire Plain to the Peak District.


The Edge is as historic as it is dramatic. Its very top is the site of a Bronze Age burial mound, while in later years a beacon was installed here to be lit in warning of any imminent invasion. Local folklore tells of the Wizard of the Edge and a huge cavern within the escarpment filled with slumbering warriors ready to arise should England face peril.


Hikes around Alderley Edge allow you to discover its history, legends and beauty all for yourself. There are myriad trails through its gorgeous woodland and the surrounding countryside, while the tea rooms and pubs of the village await your return.


Top 12 best walks and hikes around Alderley Edge

    Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
    1
    1
    Intermediate
    02:12
    4.86 mi
    2.2 mph
    550 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    2
    Intermediate
    02:58
    6.72 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
  • Sign Up To Discover Places Like This

    Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.

  • 3
    Intermediate
    02:36
    5.99 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    4
    Intermediate
    02:36
    5.78 mi
    2.2 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    View
    5
    Intermediate
    03:33
    8.29 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    6
    Easy
    01:44
    4.00 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    7
    Intermediate
    01:36
    3.56 mi
    2.2 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    View
    8
    Intermediate
    02:06
    5.13 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    View
    9
    Intermediate
    02:26
    5.50 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    View
    10
    Difficult
    05:45
    13.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    11
    Easy
    01:36
    3.57 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View
    12
    Intermediate
    02:18
    5.17 mi
    2.2 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    View

Discover More Tours around Alderley Edge

More Information

A glorious escarpment with superb views


The best hiking routes around Alderley Edge are undoubtedly those that explore the village’s namesake escarpment. Owned by the National Trust, the Edge attracts around 300,000 people every year. The forest trails take hikers past remnants of its copper mining industry and when you break through the trees you are rewarded with sumptuous views from the scarp.


From its highest point, you can see across the Cheshire Plain to the undulating Macclesfield Forest region and to the Peak District National Park. To the north, you can see the Pennines beyond Manchester’s urban sprawl.


Discovering the surrounding countryside


However, there’s more to hikes around Alderley Edge than the famous escarpment. There are numerous footpaths that explore the surrounding countryside and take walkers to places like the prosperous villages of Prestbury and Mottram St Andrew, as well as Hare Hill, a country house and garden also owned by the National Trust. The North Cheshire Way long-distance footpath also weaves through the region.


To the south, near the village of Nether Alderley is Alderley Park, a country estate that’s home to an international centre for bio and life sciences. Among its 400 acres (162 ha) of parkland is Radnor Mere, a beautiful freshwater lake. 


Explore one of Britain’s most sought-after villages


Walks around Alderley Edge village give a glimpse of luxurious living and car lovers will be in their element given the strong likelihood of seeing a few supercars. This is because Alderley Edge is one of the most sought-after places to live in Britain, forming part of Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, a region popular with the super rich and Manchester’s Premiership footballers.


As well as impressive houses and sports cars, its streets are home to designer boutiques, gastropubs and lovely cafes, perfect for a mooch after a ramble on the Edge. The village is gloriously accessible by train too, only around half an hour from Manchester Piccadilly and even less from Crewe.


Alderley Edge's best walks and hikes on the map

loading
Discover More Tours around Alderley Edge

Popular around Alderley Edge

  • Road Cycling Routes around Alderley Edge

    Road Cycling Collection by komoot

  • Cycling around Alderley Edge

    Bike Touring Collection by komoot

  • MTB Trails around Alderley Edge

    Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

Find the perfect Tour

in

Explore the most popular Tours around Alderley Edge

Discover the most popular attractions around Alderley Edge

Explore more of North West England: Browse the best Hikes in other regions.

Discover

Alderley Edge

What We Offer

Discover
Terms of ServicePrivacy PolicyPrivacy SettingsCommunity GuidelinesSecurity vulnerability reward programImprint