Tuesday, 15 July 1924 Alderley and Rudheath

The day was too grand and summery to stay in, so off I went at 1pm towards Barton.  A rather strong breeze faced me, but that was nothing – it would keep me cool.  From Barton, I rolled along towards Stretford, Edge Lane to Chorlton, then Didsbury and Cheadle and along Wilmslow road.  At Handforth, I took the Prestbury road to Dean Row, where I plunged into the byways, I was in rural Cheshire now, and the scenery was wonderful, ancient, half-timbered cottages adding greatly to the picturesqueness.  I must have wandered for miles before I reached Mottram, from where I made for Alderley.  At the foot of Alderley Edge, I took a footpath which leads to the summit.  A warm 20 minutes followed to the wishing well, over which is the legend:

“Drink of this and take your fill,    For the water falls by the wizard’s will”

I drank!  Reaching the top of the Edge, I had a fine view of the plains of Cheshire.  Then running through some fine pine woods to the Wizard, I joined a lane to Alderley Cross, and the main road to Nether Alderley, and another bylane to Chelford.  Here I had tea, then cut across to Peover Hall, Goostrey, and the glorious road to Rudheath.  At Allostock, I joined a cinder track that led me across miles of agricultural land to Lach Dennis, then Lostock Gralam.  Then between Budworth mere and Pickmere to Gt. Budworth, the Warrington road via Frandley and Stretton to Warrington.  Along this stretch I got flies in one eye!  Then the main road via Padgate, Glazebury and Atherton.  This completed a glorious but warm day in the byways across Cheshire.                                                     90 miles