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Pilgrims’ Day: Cheshire-Alderley Edge



with Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare and Gatekeeper Trustees

A day of exploration and pilgrimage at Alderley Edge, a prominent red sandstone ridge high above the Cheshire plain. Alderley Edge is the oldest known mining site in England dating back to 1900BCE. In Saxon times, it once formed part of the boundary between the middle kingdom of Mercia and the old British Kingdom of the Brigantes.

The afternoon walking tour will follow the Belinus and Elen serpent currents of The Spine of Albion. We will visit the prehistoric mound called the Beacon as well as other magical features such as Castle Rock, Stormy Point, the ‘Golden Stone’, hidden holy wells, and a secret location where, according to local legend, it is said King Arthur lies sleeping with his knights.

Morning Programme

At the Over Alderley Reading Room, 5 Birtles Lane, Macclesfield SK10 4SN

09:30 Arrival (Teas, coffee and biscuits provided)
10:00-12:30 (with break) Presentations by Gary and Caroline and Gatekeeper Trustees
12:30-13:30 Lunch interval (Lunch is not provided)

Afternoon Programme

Starting at 13:30 from the National Trust Car Park, Alderley Edge (3 mins drive from the Reading Room) until approx 16:30. WC facilities and Tea Room available here.

Pilgrimage led by Gary and Caroline in Alderley Edge woods. Relatively easy walking (c.2.5 miles) on well maintained paths with extensive views over the Cheshire Plain to Manchester and beyond. Exploration of the wells will require stepping off the pathways where the ground may be boggy.

Numbers will be limited to 30 on a first come first served basis. Please note that lunch is not provided, but Alderley Edge village is nearby with supermarkets, bakery etc available.


Day ticket from 1/09/22 - £30
Day Ticket - £30

Bookings via GateKeeper Trust Secretary secretary@gatekeeper.org.uk

Cancellation policy:

48 hrs notice or less: 1⁄2 refunded if tickets resold


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