Lyme Park Circular Walk

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Lyme Park Circular Walk is a 11.6 kilometer loop trail located near Stockport, Greater Manchester, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 11.6 km Elevation Gain: 454 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

walking

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

This circular route takes you to some of the unseen corners around Lyme Park as well as the more obvious gems within the park. Came by train to Disley so the route starts from there. It involves an out and back along leafy Red Lane (a private road) but is non the worse for that. Interesting gems include - The Gritstone Trail, followed for part of the way, goes from Disley to Kidsgrove. It is 35 miles in total but is usually done in three sections, the first leg being 10.3 miles to Tegg's Nose. Just to the west of the trail a crack in the earth's crust known as the 'Red Rock Fault'. On Black Hill (not visited) is a stone outcrop called Black Rocks and is part of Whaley Moor. Alongside was once Moorside Grange Spa and Hotel now closed and currently being converted into a school to open April 2014. It will be called Wings Cheshire and will cater for pupils who have not found school to be a happy experience and have social and emotional difficulties. Bow Stones are two upright stones on part of the highest moorland above the park. These are ancient border stones and indicate a landmark or a place where magic was performed. On the very highest part of the moor, but within Lyme Park is a memorial stone with plaque and is dedicated to Allan and Dorothy Monkhouse and their four children who were born in Disley. Allan Monkhouse was a playwright and novelist and was second in charge of the Manchester Guardian. Here there is also a viewing indicator - Manchester 12m, Kinder Scout 8m, Whaley Bridge 2m, Buxton 9m, Shining Tor 5m, Tegg's Nose 6m, Macclesfield 7m. The park is home to red and fallow deer so these will be seen without too much difficulty. Lyme Hall is the classic English stately home - large elegant Palladian mansion, full of antique furniture and paintings and with formal gardens. In 1946 the house and park were donated to the National Trust who are currently celebrating the 200th anniversary of 'Pride and Prejudice' on account of the BBC's drama series being filmed at the hall. The Cage is one of Lyme Park's most visible features. It was built around 1735 as a banqueting house, but since has been an observation tower for watching the stag hunt, a prison for poachers and once housed ex-policeman Joseph Taylor, his wife and 8 children. Taylor would have flown the flag when the Legh family were at home in Lyme Hall. On Ram Green in front of The Ram's Head in Disley is a newly commissioned artwork replica of a racing cycle. It is dedicated in honour of the careers of Disley's Multiple Paralympic Gold Medal Winners - Dame Sarah Storey DBE and Barney Storey MBE.

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