Alan Garner’s Caves


A is for Alderley Edge

Throughout his life Alan Garner has drawn on the landscape and legends of Alderley Edge, the place that has been home to his family for many, many generations. It has become more than just a dramatic backdrop though, its hills, rivers and most of all its stones have become the defining character of his writing, providing a link throughout his stories, and a connection with the deep history of the area.


Nowhere is this more vividly felt than when he takes us underground. Below Alderley Edge is a network of caves and tunnels, carved out by men over many hundreds of years as they mined for galen, cobalt and malachite. This underworld was the home to the sleeping warriors of Garner’s first novel the Weirdstone of Brisingamen. And it is here that his young heroes Colin and Susan find themselves in the book’s remarkable subterranean…

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