Magnificent autumnal woodland walks with something for all the family. Alderley Edge woodland is steeped in history, real and imagined. There are remnants of copper mining activity going back to the Bronze age, a Wizard's Well and a hidden Wizard's cave which may have been the inspiration of Alan Garder’s 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen' which has its 50th anniversary this year. The wood certainly has an air of enchantment and the sandstone escarpment offers great views of the Cheshire plain and beyond. Go before end of October and walk to Hare Hill Gardens (NT) and finish the day at Wizard tearooms (weekends) for a warming drink and a cake.
Cheshire has varied countryside and plenty of places to visit on a day's cycling route.
There are National Trust gardens, castles and plenty of cafes and country pubs.
www.explorecheshire.com has day cycle routes and lists events en route, such as fetes, open gardens and events of interest which can give an aim for the day out.
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