Dale Top (Park Moor) from Lyme Park

Lyme Park in Cheshire is popular with visitors yet this walk explores quiet paths and tracks to the south of the Country Park. Navigation is generally easy and the reward for your efforts are some fine views.

Technical sheet
No. 292984
A Lyme Handley walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 10/10/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 6.22mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 801ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 771ft
Highest point Highest point : 1309ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 597ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Lyme Handley
Starting point Starting point : N 53.33867° / W 2.05756°
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Description

(D)It is assumed that you start from the main car park (grid ref. SJ9628240). However at busy times you may be directed to other parking areas nearby. Toilets and refreshments are a few minutes' walk from this main car park. Having parked, follow the tarmac road heading roughly west towards the Knott, where there is a further car park. Bear right off the road and follow the path through Pursefield Wood to reach a track close to West Parkgate (grid ref. SJ949815).

(1)Once through the gates bear left and continue to a lane (grid ref. SJ948814). After a few metres take the track on your left. This leads you uphill towards Moorside after which you bear right to join Moorside Lane. Continue in a southwesterly direction to Keeper's Cottage (grid ref. SJ954805).

(2)Go left here following the path uphill alongside a dry stone wall on your left to reach a stile in the fence at the top. Cross the stile and following the path/track ahead through a gate and stile without a wall or fence attached! This leads you alongside the wall, which is on your left. The way ahead is clear and there are some good views across the Lyme Park Estate on your left. The track leads you to another track near to where the wall turns sharply left (grid ref. SJ971807). Bear left along this track which is part of the Gritstone Trail. The views to Kinder Scout on your right are good.

(3)Reaching a junction of paths (grid ref. SJ973812), turn left and enter National Trust property again. After passing through the gate, bear immediately right and follow the path up beide the wall to reach a topograph from where you have a grand view west towards the Manchester area. After enjoying the view return back to the Gritstone Trail, turn right and walk downhill on the clear path back to the car park.

(4)Having completed the moorland section of walk, the route continues from the car park to follow the perimeter fence on the south side of the Lyme Hall. You get some good views of the stately house on this section. Reaching a junction of paths at Hampers Bridge, turn left and follow this clear path towards the main frontage of the Hall. You will see "The Cage" appear ahead and make a beeline for the path that leads to this fine vantage point. After taking in the view, return down the main path leading from The Cage and return to the main car park.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 764ft - Lyme Park car park
1 : mi 1.3 - alt. 650ft - Bear left and continue to lane
2 : mi 2.07 - alt. 935ft - Turn left at Keepers Cottage
3 : mi 3.66 - alt. 1276ft - Turn left at path junction
4 : mi 5.24 - alt. 837ft - Follow fence to south of Lyme Hall
D/A : mi 6.22 - alt. 764ft - Lyme Park car park

Useful Information

Lyme Park Country Park with its grand stately home, Lyme Hall, is a popular place for visitors. Owned by the National Trust an entrance fee is payable for parking. On arrival you will normally receive a map of the estate which is a useful reference for this walk, although the map does not contain the complete route. It does provide detailed guidance within the estate boundary.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 2.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 1/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 11 Nov 2019 11:29:00 CET

Global average : 2.67 / 5

Date of walk : 09/11/19
Description quality : Very disappointing
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

There were several junctions on the track where the instructions were very misleading and without my reasonably competent map reading skills and interpretation of contours we would have gone wrong.
Having said that we still followed the instructions to the letter and ended up taking a wrong turning somewhere towards the end and more by luck than judgement we intersected the track from the outward section and managed to retrace our steps back to the car park.
Much more descriptive detail needed where turns are required.

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