Alderley Edge

I went out for a wander on Alderley Edge yesterday and thought I would share a couple of pictures with you. I was going to pop up a book review today but sometimes I think a non-bookish post can be a nice little breather on here, it may even let you get to know me a tiny bit better – I think that is a good thing? Anyway, there is a slight bookish link with Alderley Edge as it was said to inspire, along with local folklore and legend, Alan Garner’s ‘The Weirdstone of Brisingamen’ (which surprise, surprise I haven’t read) and when you get there you can see why it is so inspiring, the views from the top for a start…

It was one of my favourite types of days yesterday, sunny and clear but with some ominous clouds in the distance. The chilling winds blowing away the cobwebs in your mind and making you feel grateful that later on you can be lying in a warm bath or sat reading in front of the fire. I think if I could have a state of permanent weather it would be this and the atmosphere it brings. But back to Alderley Edge; speaking of the edge in the name of sharing the experience with you all I teetered as close to the literal edge as I could for a picture, which actually wasn’t as close as I could have gone but I don’t like heights…

After ‘dicing with death’ as I called it and being told I was a drama queen it was off for a walk through the woods. It reminded me how lucky I am that I live where I do now. The countryside is fifteen minutes away and as I squelched through mud and embarrassed myself sliding ungainly down the hillside (much to other peoples muffled laughed – actually not that muffled, rude) I felt really thankful that I could be somewhere so atmospheric and slightly spooky, so I just stood in the woodland and took it all in. I could certainly see what might make people think this was such a mythical and magical place.

It was quite the mind cleanser and made me want to return home (after a trip to the warmth of a good pub) and find a spooky book set in some dark autumnal woods, any recommendations? I hope you don’t mind the non book interlude; well actually it is a bit tough if you do as I have done it – oops.

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12 responses to “Alderley Edge

  1. Well, you could try Weirdstone…if you’re going to visit Alderley Edge you really ought to read it. Or, if you prefer Garner writing for an older audience, try Red Shift, or maybe Thursbitch.
    Love the branches in that last photo.

    • Well I have been so maybe it is a book I could read in hindsight with the visions of this recent trip in my head. I say maybe as after starting out well with YA fiction earlier in the year I am less keen after my last try.

  2. gaskella

    How could not read Alan Garner after that!

  3. m

    I remember being quite sick with excitement over Weirdstone when I was about eight. Must be nearly as long since I was last on Alderley Edge – this brought back memories.

  4. Sue N

    The Alan Garner books were my first real bookish obsession aged 12 (not counting Enid Blyton of course). I tottered to the Edge in my work shoes, in the days in which I wore shoes on which one could totter, after I had a one off meeting in Wilmslow. I ‘found’ it by accident so got the full wow factor. Unforgettable.

  5. David

    God, I remember reading (or having read to me?) Weirdstone when I was maybe 8 or 9 and being absolutely terrified! Haven’t been to Alderley Edge for a few years but your photos are making me want to go. I know exactly what you mean about feeling so lucky to live where you do – this morning I nipped into Manchester in just 15 minutes on the train, and yet half an hour or so’s walk in the opposite direction and I can be on the edge of the moors. Perfect!

    Recommendations? ‘Weirdstone’ obviously! I read Garner’s ‘Strandloper’ about 15 years ago and struggled with it though it did make me visit the church in Marton which features in the novel and has loads of wonderfully pagan stained glass. I’m tempted to try ‘Thursbitch’ as I believe it is full of Cheshire dialect – my Mum’s family are Cheshire (Antrobus, Appleton, Great Budworth, Lymm…) back into the mists of time (well, the 1700s at least) and her speech is still peppered with odd Cheshire dialect phrases which I love.

    • I think that is where Manchester beats London. From the centre of town within ten minutes on a train you are in countryside. Lovely stuff.

      I am really not sure Weirdstone would be a good idea as a 29 year old first reader of it. I would need convincing lol. The fact it terrified you as a child is promising, I will admit that.

  6. Good to see what it’s like to visit Alderley Edge – loving Alan Garner’s books, it has long been on my list. I’d say The Owl Service really is just as good for adults, but maybe try Thursbitch instead. You’ll never see a bull in the same way again. His later books (Owls and after) really ask a lot of readers: his theme over and again is landscape absorbing events and replaying them in modern life, and it’s not twee or fantastical. Sorry, hate to see him called a children’s writer, I have to convert!

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