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Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park

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Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park
Author: Marie Prime, Published: 11 Jun 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park Walking Guide star1 Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park Walking Guide star1 Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park Walking Guide star1 Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park Walking Guide star0 Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park Walking Guide
Cheshire, Poynton
Walk Type: Garden or park
Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park Walking Guide boot Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park Walking Guide
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A 5 mile easy-going, circular pleasant walk along the Macclesfield Canal and through the grounds of Lyme Park in Cheshire. The stretch along the canal is buggy and wheelchair friendly, but along the remainder of the route you will need to negotiate narrower grassy paths, several types of stiles and gates. A footbridge over a stream and a fairly steep set of wooden steps are also sited along the route. On the whole, the paths are well-made and easily recognised. The path through the woodland could be muddy after wet weather. The route is suitable for dogs that can manage a wall-stile and the fence gap in a second stile (see gallery photo), but they should remain on a lead as some fields may contain livestock. Toilets can be found in the car park and in the grounds of Lyme Park, near the lake or just inside the entrance to the house. Refreshments can be found at the beginning of the walk on the canal wharf and also at the stables near the lake at Lyme Park and also just inside the house entrance. Picnic tables are available around the lake area in the park and a large play area for the children is situated just behind the stables complex. A small visitor centre is located in the car park which gives a history of mining and the canal of this area.

The walk starts from the pay and display car park at Nelsons Pit which is sited just under 2 miles off the A6, between Disley and Stockport.
From the centre of Disley, follow the A6 towards Stockport/Manchester for approximately 2.6 miles before turning left up Norbury Hollow Lane. Follow the narrow lane, which crosses a railway line and changes to Middlewood Road, for approximately 1.25 miles. Turn left up Green Lane and follow this for 750m to a crossroads, turn left up Lyme Road and the car park entrance is 50m on the left. The Sat Nav reference is Nelson Pit, Lyme Road, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 1TH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Gate into Lyme Park
Start to Gate into Lyme Park

Start point: 53.347 lat, -2.0847 long
End point: 53.341 lat, -2.07 long

Leave the Nelson Pit car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left along Lyme Road until you reach the bridge over the canal at Mount Vernon Wharf. Cross the bridge and keep ahead on the rough road passing Ivy Cottage on the left. Further on, just beyond a house on the left, pass through the gate by the cattle grid and walk ahead. As the road splits, keep right signed Haresteads Farm and follow this track with the woods on your right. Continue along the track, going through a metal kissing gate by a cattle grid, and further along passing a farm on the right. Just past the farm, go through a further metal gate and continue along the track to reach a cottage on the left, a total of just over three quarters of a mile from the car park. Go through a tall wooden gate - this is the entrance to Lyme Park.

Gate into Lyme Park to Road Junction
Gate into Lyme Park to Road Junction

Start point: 53.341 lat, -2.07 long
End point: 53.3372 lat, -2.061 long

Follow the track ahead for approximately a quarter of a mile, with a dry stone wall on the left. As you steadily climb up the hill, take time to look back and take in the wonderful view that has now opened up behind you. The track levels off and bends left, changing to tarmac as another track joins from the right. On reaching a junction, turn left downhill.

Road Junction to Lyme Hall Front Gates
Road Junction to Lyme Hall Front Gates

Start point: 53.3372 lat, -2.061 long
End point: 53.3391 lat, -2.0548 long

Keep along the tarmac road heading steadily downhill - take care as there are no footpaths but this is generally a quiet road. At the bottom, go through a gate by a cattle grid and turn right to reach the car park. Cross the car park, heading for the Information Hut which is over on the right. From the hut, turn right and follow the path fairly steeply uphill to reach the gates to the front of the house.

Lyme Park was originally owned by Sir Thomas Danyers in 1346 .The land passed by marriage to the Leghs in 1388 and the first recorded house on this site was 1465. It remained in the possession of the Legh family until 1946 when it was given to the National Trust. The house is open to visitors, charges apply.

Lyme Hall Front Gates to The Cage Tower
Lyme Hall Front Gates to The Cage Tower

Start point: 53.3391 lat, -2.0548 long
End point: 53.3445 lat, -2.0521 long

From the gates turn left and follow the road as it bends right uphill. As the road splits, cross to the left and walk up over the grassy bank. Follow the grassy path up over the bank to reach the tower known as The Cage.

Fantastic views can be seen from here and sometimes the tower is open for you to explore. The Cage was built here in 1580 as a hunting lodge, it gave a great vantage point to watch the deer hunt. Over time, The Cage has been used as the gamekeeper's home and a room in the tower was strengthened and used as a poachers' prison. The original tower was dismantled and rebuilt in 1734. The Cage is said to be haunted by a lady in white, in 1903 the family of Joseph Morten reported seeing her many times although they said she seemed friendly they moved out of the tower and into a cottage in the grounds.

The Cage Tower to Gate Right of Cottage
The Cage Tower to Gate Right of Cottage

Start point: 53.3445 lat, -2.0521 long
End point: 53.3539 lat, -2.0575 long

From the tower, continue along the grassy bank as it gradually descends downhill. The grass changes to a cobbled path, which soon follows a line of trees to meet the main tarmac road. Take care and cross the road, bearing diagonally left to join a grassy path ahead with a line of trees on the left. Head for a cottage on the right and a bridge on the left. On meeting the tarmac road turn left crossing over the bridge. Walk uphill along this road, it soon changes to a stone track. Go through a high gate beside a cattle grid then bear right. Go through a further gate to the right of a cottage.

Gate Right of Cottage to Wooden Footbridge
Gate Right of Cottage to Wooden Footbridge

Start point: 53.3539 lat, -2.0575 long
End point: 53.3524 lat, -2.0677 long

Follow the track with a wall on the right. Look back over to the left and another view of The Cage can be seen. Cross a wall stile by a metal gate and continue with a woodland on the right and fields on the left. Keep on this track until you cross a further stile into Ryles Wood. Follow the path down through the woodland and cross a wooden footbridge.

Wooden Footbridge to Canal Bridge
Wooden Footbridge to Canal Bridge

Start point: 53.3524 lat, -2.0677 long
End point: 53.3559 lat, -2.0745 long

Climb a fairly steep flight of wooden steps. At the top, go through a metal kissing gate. The path continues along the edge of a field with a hedge on the left and a wire fence on the right. At the end of the field, go through a metal gate and turn right along the stone lane. Just before reaching a drive to a farm, the lane bends right. Continue along the lane, passing a cottage on the left, and on to walk over the bridge of the Macclesfield Canal. This is bridge Number 13.

Canal Bridge to End
Canal Bridge to End

Start point: 53.3559 lat, -2.0745 long
End point: 53.347 lat, -2.0848 long

Turn right at the end of the bridge then right again to join the canal towpath. Walk under the bridge and follow the towpath for approximately three quarters of a mile (with the water on your left).

The Macclesfield Canal was one of the last narrow canals to be built and was opened in 1831. It was built to serve the mills, mines and quarries of Marple, Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield and Congleton as well as to provide a link from Manchester to the Potteries. It is now used for leisure and runs for 26 miles joining with a series of six canals that join together creating the Cheshire ring.

Just before reaching the cafe and the bridge you crossed at the start of the walk, turn right through a gap in the hedge, go down through the car park to return to your parking spot and the end of the walk.

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6 comments for "Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park"

As NT members we were able to park in Lyme Park and start the walk from there. The walk guide was clear enough for us to do this. Must admit we were shocked at the cost of parking for non-NT members. Anyway fantastic walk with great views. Thank you.

By fellbagger on 09 Jun 2018

This was a lovely walk. a perfect mix, from the canal, woods and moorland.

By JoScarlett on 12 Apr 2018

What a great walk, open ground, woods and canal. I bit of everything, about two & half hours with flask stop. Great directions and GPS. Thanks, Cliff & Gill

By Clifflewis on 18 Mar 2018

Absolutely amazing walk. loved every bit of it. The car park now charges 80p £2.00 or £2.50 depending on how long you park for. The walk took around 2 hours as a guide. Thanks for the walk details. The GPS is perfect.

ADMIN RESPONSE: So pleased you enjoyed the walk and thank you for letting us know about the new car park fees.

By carolmarla29 on 07 Mar 2018

the instructions for the car park at the hall were confusing, the hut was on the left as you approach the car park and the path seemed to go up the left to the front of the hall. we started to go right as per the instructions but it did it did not seem to match up.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Remember to use the App's live GPS map to guide you if you are not sure of the directions at any point.

By emmajmarten on 26 Sep 2017

lovely walk, the bridge number in page 7 should be number 13 not 14.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know, you are quite right, according to the Canal and River Trust this is Bridge 13. We have updated the guide.

By dom66991 on 27 Jul 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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