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Close to The Edge
Like most children Reuben and Orla love running, climbing and exploring. So a day out that combines all three of these is perfect. A few months ago we had such a day out high above the village of Alderley Edge. The National Trust site has lots to see and do, along with tales of wizards and knights. Legend has it that a wizard (Merlin?) offered a local farmer gold and treasure in exchange for his horse.
The rocks then opened to reveal a pair of iron gates, beyond which lay a room full of knights in a deep sleep (King Arthur and his knights in some versions). The wizard said would wake from their slumbers at the hour of our country’s need.
After setting off on the shorter of the walking routes, we quickly came across something to explore. Reuben was especially intrigued by the hole in the rock and wanted to see where it went to. Orla was a little less sure, but soon followed Reuben into the cave once she got to hold the torch.
After Reuben had confirmed that the cave didn't go to the middle of the earth, we headed back to the path and continued our walk. Next up was 'The Beacon', the site of a warning beacon used to warn of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Then it was time to take in the spectacular views over Cheshire and beyond from 'Stormy Point'.
After lots of climbing on rocks it was time to head back to the car park, but not before some races along woodland paths.
We're planning to go back soon with a map to do some more exploring and hunt for signs of the iron gates.