To kick start 2017’s Walks & Trails of the Unexpected, we’ll be going on a gentle family-friendly walk in amongst the grounds of Lyme Park this coming Saturday (14th Jan).
We intend to experiment with another idea of fusing Art with Nature – essentially we’ll be ‘Collecting’ (what we can carry in a large rucksack), ‘Sketching’ (sketchbooks will be provided) and ‘Capturing’ (bring your cameras) whatever we can on the walk and then creating a collaborative work of Art at a follow up gathering on Sat 28th Jan at The FUSE (more details will be provided nearer the time).
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- 9:45 - 10:00 : Meet at Car Park (Lyme Park Main Car Park)
We’ll meet in the main car park, which is next Lyme Hall and the information kiosk. Entrance to the park costs £7 per car unless you arrive before they’ve setup the entrance booth. It’s free for National Ttrust members.
The car park location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/pQDSc4QWmUq
- 10:15 : Start Walk 1, Lyme Park South (3.3 miles)
We’ll head south out of the car park down the road toward the West Park Gate. As the road rises we’ll head left past a viewing point, through Pursefield Wood and onto Paddock Cottage. We’ll then head east skirting the valley top, looking down into Poyton Brook into Knightslow Wood. After a short walk through the wood we’ll join the Gritstone Trail and go to the top of Higher Moor (should be a viewing point). We’ll descend the moorland and if time allows we’ll take a detour to The Lantern, in Lantern Wood before returning to the house and car park. Although the plan is to return in time for lunch it might worth still bringing food with you, timing doesn’t always run to plan.
- 12:30 : Lunch
We’ll have lunch at the picnic tables near the house and main car park.
- 13:15 : Options
At this point we have a decision to make, either go on a second walk, enjoy the facilities (play areas and gardens) or go home.
- 13:30 : Start Walk 2, Lyme Park North (2.7 miles)
If the morning walk isn’t enough we’ll explore the northern part of the park, including The Cage, in the afternoon. We’ll head north around the lake leading into the Timber Yard and Playscape. In Crow Wood we’ll take a right and join the path which heads north. This path will take us through Elmerhurst Wood all the way to the northern entrance to the park. After a brief walk along the road east we’ll turn south and start heading up Cage Hill towards The Cage (a house at the top of the hill that was used to keep prisoners). We’ll pass over the top of Cage Hill and descend back into the car park.
- 15:15 : Finish
The Kit- Warm clothing
- Suitable footwear for mud
- Lunch / Snack e.g. sandwich, sushi etc…
- A good attitude