Lyme Park & Dissop Head from Disley

This Cheshire walk starts from Disley and explores Lyme Park including Cage Hill. The route keeps to low level paths so is ideal for those cloudy days when the bigger hills are covered in mist.

Technical sheet
No. 293206
A Disley walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 30/01/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 5.15mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 659ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 666ft
Highest point Highest point : 1201ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 591ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Disley
Starting point Starting point : N 53.35895° / W 2.03969°
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(D/A)Proceed up the minor road from Disley to the left of the Ram's Head (grid ref 975846) turning right at the first road behind the Rams Head. Then go right again at the road junction. Continue along this road passing large houses and boarding kennels to a large gate into Lyme Park (grid ref 967841).

(1)Enter the park (no charge) then at the main entrance road, with its small hut, turn left then left again to follow a vehicle track that gently climbs at first in a south-east direction passing the Water Treatment Works on your left. Keep following the track bearing right at the wall and towards the top joining a wide path to the tower called The Cage (grid ref 966831), thought to be a vantage point in the past to watch stag hunting. It is certainly a vantage point to see Greater Manchester, parts of Cheshire and beyond.

(2)Continue in the same direction on the wide grassy path with the ridge on your right dropping down to a road. Turn right towards the great house then left through the metal gates, signed 'No Cycles'. Proceed along this short lane with the house and its gardens on your right. Go through another metal gate. Following the fence and Hampers Wood on your right continue to a high stile (grid ref 970822). You can go straight up here or alternatively follow the quarry road. Both routes lead to an old quarry.

(3)Still climbing, follow the wall to Lyme Park's boundary and go over the wall stile ahead.In front of you in the valley lies Dissop Head, then The Moorside Hotel and behind it Black Hill (not to be confused with Black Hill near The Woodhead Pass) and in the far distance the hills of the Peak District. Follow the path down the fields to Dissop Head. On reaching the lane, turn left and walk to the road junction and entrance to the Hotel (grid ref 982822).

(4)Turn left up the farm road - note the footpath finger post has not been replaced since the Foot & Mouth restrictions. At the farm house turn right through the footpath gate following the direction arrow to a stile in the bottom left corner. Go over the stile and the small stream to follow the path through the trees to a swing gate. Continue straight on following the indicator posts to a stile that leads onto a bridleway (grid ref 976830).

(5)Turn right along this bridleway. Continue over a stream and then clamber over the first stile on your left which is located opposite a bridleway going right. After crossing the stile, keeping to the right-hand path that leads you to a further bridleway and Green Lane. Follow this lane to the end. At the road junction turn right to retrace you steps back to Disley. If you started from the railway station there is a footpath at the corner on your left leading down the station.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 627ft - Start: junction with Market Street in Disley
1 : mi 0.65 - alt. 591ft - Entrance gate into Lyme Park
2 : mi 1.4 - alt. 846ft - The Cage tower
3 : mi 2.41 - alt. 1115ft - Old Quarry
4 : mi 3.02 - alt. 1017ft - Junction: turn left up farm road
5 : mi 3.66 - alt. 883ft - Turn right along Bridleway
D/A : mi 5.15 - alt. 627ft - Finish: junction with Market Street in Disley

Useful Information

This walk complements Walk 2523, again starting from Disley but avoids the climb up to Black Rocks. Ideal if the cloud is low or the weather uncertain, the start is from Disley on the A6, south of Manchester, convenient for anyone travelling by bus, rail or car.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 2.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5

on Mon 15 Mar 2021 11:19:27 CET

Global average : 2.33 / 5

Date of walk : 13/03/21
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Very disappointing
Walk interest : Good

The walk itself is not bad at all. But the description is misleading in that it suggests it is mainly in lowere areas. There are two difficult climbs involved. This is not an easy walk. There is a lot of mud and at one point a big puddle into which one person in front of us fell and went as deep as his waist... Very dangerous indeed. Extremely exposed areas. Overall only suitable for dry warm days

on Mon 02 Jul 2018 21:17:05 CEST

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on Mon 02 Jul 2018 17:30:28 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 17/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

A great walk starting in Disley (free parking on Sundays). Starting along a lane with some beautiful houses to look at before entering Lyme Park (toilets and refreshments). Fantastic views.
Then a very steep climb out of the park and through farmland and moorland back to Disley.
Very enjoyable.

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