I wasn't going to add this, but I thought I would mention it, before I completely forget about it. I've had 2 science teachers 1 at 6th form
college, and another at an a level course, that have taken my class to field trips to alderley edge and explained in great detail the legend about
Arthur and his knights sleeping under the edge.
I've been greatly interested in Arthurian legend for a long time especially merlin, I'm not quite sure why. I rediscovered the edge again after
reading the weirdstone trilogy by Alan garner and decided to go in search of the areas of the edge associated with the legend, I'd found everything
except the site of the iron gates.
The last time I visited the edge I found this and took the picture in the op, after this I was just climbing back up to stormy point when I heard a
noise like a car or something and turned round expecting to see a car or a truck, and then realised that there is no way you could get a car up there,
I looked around again and realised that it was a tree that was making this noise.
I went over to it and, I know this next bit is weird
but I really felt that the trees spirit needed healing so I tried my best with this, as I've
read about this but haven't done it before, I stayed with the tree until I could see someone else coming.
I walked back along the elf road and just as I passed the golden stone, a voice said to me "take one, it is a gift" and noticed lots of large pine
cones lying along the track, so I took one of these, then that I should leave something, I was wearing an owl pendant and I left this buried in a
hollow at the bottom of a tree.
This has all made me pretty certain that nature spirits exist, I don't usually here voices, this was a one off, and this experience only after
finding the rock of the iron gates.