En­joy­ing the de­lights of Lyme Park


WE are so lucky to have Lyme Park on our doorstep. The park com­prises 1,400 acres of moor­land, wood­land and park­land and a myr­iad of paths. What a stun­ning place for a walk!

This par­tic­u­lar six-mile cir­cu­lar walk started at Nel­son Pit Visi­tor Cen­tre and took us past Mount Vernon Wharf, where canal boats have been built since the end of the Sec­ond World War.

We went into Lyme Park via Haresteads Farm and picked up the Grit­stone Trail to Knight­slow Wood.

The Grit­stone Trail is 35 miles long and runs from Dis­ley to Kids­grove, al­though we only did a tiny part of it.

We climbed to the brow of a steep hill, ad­ja­cent to Bow­stones Farm and stopped for cof­fee, look­ing out over the spec­tac­u­lar view of Manch­ester and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

We then stopped to look at the Bow­stones them­selves. They are thought to be the re­mains of An­glo Saxon crosses which were ob­jects of de­vo­tion and also marked the edge of an an­cient king­dom.

After a short walk down a mi­nor road, we turned back into moor­land, crossed a high stone stile back into Lyme Park and walked down­hill past Lan­tern Wood.

As we came level with Lyme Hall we took a small path be­hind the house and were greeted with glo­ri­ous views of the sun-bathed hall and gar­dens.

This is my favourite view of the hall, beau­ti­fully sym­met­ri­cal with life-size stat­ues of Nep­tune, Venus and Pan gaz­ing down on you.

The lawns slope gen­tly down to the lake and you can imag­ine the Re­gency ladies and gentle­men strolling down to the re­flect­ing lake.

We left the house and walked through park­land un­til we reached a lad­der stile near Green Farm and left Lyme Park.

Hav­ing had quite a stren­u­ous climb at the be­gin­ning of the walk it was all down­hill from here to the canal tow­path.

Mac­cles­field Canal was opened in 1831 and was used com­mer­cially un­til the 1950s. When the com­mer­cial traf­fic failed, barg­ing grad­u­ally be­came a pop­u­lar leisure ac­tiv­ity.

We walked along the tow­path, past the brightly coloured barges back to Nel­son Pit. Three hours well spent!

For more de­tails of East Cheshire Ram­blers’ pro­gramme of week­end and midweek walks rang­ing from 4 to 15 miles in length, go to ram­blerseastcheshire. co.uk.

The East Cheshire Ram­blers pause to ad­mire the view in Lyme Park

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