This blend of mystical, pagan and Arthurian captures many visitors’ imaginations and this afternoon we met this group of - er – elvish warriors who had dressed up for the occasion and were keen to tell us all about it while brandishing their very own Excalibur ( albeit plastic). I thought the blokes looked rather wizard like, I love the flaming red beard, and the women made charming pixies ( the ears are fake, honest...) They were on a quest but let me take this great photo all the same - I don’t know about you, but I adore eccentricity and a capacity for imagination.
The picture above is one I took of the view over the Edge this afternoon. It was a beautiful, sunny September day and the area was full of couples, families with children and dog walkers - as well as elvish questors!
These photos of the sandstone caves and of castle rock _ the name of the rocky outcrop to the right - show the layers in the stone and the colours created by the mineralisation.
The Edge is full of fascinating nooks and cranies ; the boys in particular loved exploring the area when they were younger and would dare each other to go further into the cave above.
I wish I had a picture of the various wells, there is a wishing well and a holy well . There is a legend of some iron gates that remain to be found and I believe that a hermit lived somewhere in the Edge during the nineteenth century. Alderley Edge is well worth a visit if you come to Cheshire, a trip there will always yield treasure of one sort or another.