Friday, 27 July 2012

Lyme Park

An unexpected outing today.  Last night we had a phone call from our friend Bill asking where we were and did we fancy a walk on the morrow?   His walking friend Sue was available and Sue had expressed a desire to see us again so it was arranged that they would pick us up and we would drive to Lyme Park.  Geoff and Barney had done a 6 mile circular walk yesterday via Lyme Park but I had decided that the walk from here, then walking round the grounds and back here again would be too far for me, so this was a brilliant opportunity for me.
The weather was just right, cloudy but dry and with a reasonable breeze.
The house and immediate grounds were very busy as schools have broken up but we walked in the outer grounds and deer park so had only a few like minded fellow travellers.

The white stag
Lyme Hall seen from one side of our walk with The Cage in the distance

Our circumnavigation of the house took us eventually to the top of the hill on which the Cage sits

The cage was originally built as a Hunting Lodge and was then used as a park keepers house and as a lock- up for prisoners.   It was rather windy when we reached the top but we managed to shelter on the leeward side and sit and have our lunch which we had brought with us.

The Lantern, another of the external structures
We eventually made our way back to the bottom, and drove back via Poynton for a swift beer to finish off a very unexpected and pleasant day........onward again tomorrow.

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