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Free Guide To Lyme Park, Cheshire - A Dog-Friendly Walking Destination

Updated: Feb 22

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Lyme Park and Mr Darcy

If you are looking for a dog-friendly walking destination in Cheshire, consider Lyme Park.

Lyme Park is a beautiful estate that covers over 1,300 acres of moorland, woodland, gardens and parkland.

The National Trust owns it and has a rich history dating back to the 14th century.

The famous moment where Mr Darcy appears from the lake in the BBC rendition of Pride and Prejudice is in Lyme Park.

Lyme Park is a dog-friendly walking destination

Lyme Park welcomes dogs and their owners to explore its vast grounds, with some restrictions.

Dogs are allowed in the parklands and car park at any time, as long as they are kept on a lead or under close control.

Dogs are also permitted in the formal gardens, including the Orangery, on the first Wednesday and one weekend of every month, again on a lead.

However, dogs are not allowed in the house, the children's play area, the Timber Yard Cafe or the Crow Wood Playscape.

Lyme Park dog-friendly walking trails

There are plenty of walking trails in Lyme Park, ranging from easy to challenging.

You can pick up a map from the information centre or download one from the National Trust website.

Some of the popular walks include:

The Cage Walk:

A 1.5-mile circular walk that takes you to The Cage, a hunting lodge that offers stunning views of the estate and beyond.

The Lantern Walk:

A 2-mile circular walk that takes you through the Lantern Wood, where you can see ancient trees and wildlife.

The Gritstone Trail:

A 3.5-mile linear dog-friendly walking trail that follows part of the Gritstone, a long-distance footpath across the Peak District.

You can see spectacular views of the moors and hills from this walk.

The Bowstones Walk:

A 4-mile circular walk from Mudhurst Lane in Higher Disley takes you into Lyme Park via Bowstones, a pair of carved Anglo-Saxon crosses.

The East Lodge Walk:

A 4.5-mile circular walk that starts from East Lodge, the main entrance to Lyme Park, and takes you around the edge of the parkland, passing by a waterfall, a mill and a lake.

Lyme Park dog-friendly walking with three small dogs

Lyme Park and Wildlife

Whichever walk you choose, you and your dog will enjoy the scenery, the fresh air and the exercise.

You might also spot some wildlife in Lyme Park, such as deer, sheep, birds and butterflies.

You can also visit some of the attractions in Lyme Park, such as the house, which showcases the elegant interiors and collections of the Legh family; the garden, which features colourful flowers, fountains and ponds; and the mill pond, where you can feed the ducks and geese.

Lyme Park and Dog-Friendly Walking Facilities

After your walk, you can relax and refresh at one of the dog-friendly facilities in Lyme Park.

You can visit The Ale Cellar, a cosy pub that serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals.

You can also see The Orangery, a bright and airy cafe that offers hot drinks, cakes and light lunches.

Both places have outdoor seating areas where you can enjoy food and drink with your dog.

You can also find water bowls and dog biscuits at these places.

Lyme Park is a beautiful place to visit with your dog any time of the year. It is open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm except on Christmas Day.

Non-members must pay an admission fee. You can find more information about Lyme Park on their website:

If you are looking for a dog-friendly walking destination in Cheshire, Lyme Park is worth checking out. You and your dog will enjoy exploring its beauty and history.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

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