Get outdoors at Lyme

Make the most of Lyme's 1400 acre deer park. Enjoy a scenic walk taking in views across Cheshire and Derbyshire or make the most of a running route. With lots of 50 Things activities for kids to take part in there is an outdoor activity for everyone!

There are a whole range of outdoor events taking place at Lyme throughout the year, giving visitors the opportunity to make the most of the wonderful surroundings. 

Off the beaten track and then escape to the hills at Lyme

Take a walk on the Lyme side

Fancy seeing a little more on your next visit to Lyme? Explore the wider estate with one of these guided walks.

Running routes

Marked trails have been installed so that you can explore different areas of the estate. You can run or walk the 1.4 miles to Darcy’s Pond or enjoy the two-mile loop that takes in the stunning views from Paddock Cottage.

If you're feeling a little more adventurous, there's a three-mile route that navigates some challenging hills, beautiful woods and moorland, and passes the Lantern Folly and The Cage hunting lodge.

We're also developing beginner and intermediate run groups, holding trail running sessions and running events. Check our whats on section for details of future events.

Cycling at Lyme

Lyme is gearing up to welcome visitors arriving by bike! We have installed cycle racks at the Timber Yard and in the car park near the information kiosk which are prime locations.

Take a look at the paths you can cycle on at Lyme (PDF / 1.7MB) download

Sky Ride Local

In Autumn 2015 we welcomed the first of our Sky Ride local rides through Lyme. A perfect option for those looking for a social and leisurely ride through the glorious countryside of Lyme and surrounding areas. Look out for more Sky Ride Local rides in 2016!

Cycling at Lyme Park, Cheshire
Cycling at Lyme Park, Cheshire


The Lyme Parkrun is a 5km timed route held every Saturday at 9am. It is open to everyone and is safe and easy to take part in.

The route is a lovely trail run with lots of ups, downs and big views! Visitors can walk, jog or run the event. The event is free (including parking).


Xplorer family orienteering

Will you be able to complete the trail using your orienteering skills?

Xplorer is a free, fun challenge for families to do together, whilst getting outdoors and exploring the park.

Follow a simple Lyme map to find the markers and learn about trees, flowers and British wildlife. There is a 15-point simple challenge for younger children and a 10-point more challenging course for older ones.

The routes change each month, so do come back to try a different one. As part of the sports project funded through Sport England, Lyme will be hosting Xplorer events on the first Saturday of every month.



Looking for a bit more of a challenge? We’ve recently been working with Manchester District Orienteering Club to update our Orienteering offer.

We have seven new suggested routes to try.  We’ve also created two new smaller scale maps for our white and yellow courses, perfect for beginners and families.

Maps are available to buy from the Information Centre in the car park.

Discover fun things for all the family at Lyme
Family on a walk exploring the park at Lyme, Cheshire

Mums, Tums and Buggies

We've teamed up with Sarah Parker Fitness to offer an outdoor postnatal fitness class for mums and babies every Tuesday at 11am.  Improve your health and fitness in a fun and supportive environment all in the beautiful outdoors at Lyme. 

Open to all new mums whether you're a beginner or looking to get back into exercise.  Suitable for babies over 6 weeks old.  After the class why not have a coffee and a chat in the Timber Yard Café. £5/class, normal admission charges apply. Or book a 6 week block for £35 including NT admission charge.

For more information and to book onto a session please visit

50 Things fun

There are lots of the 50 Things activities you can do all year round. Why not try our 50 things garden trail? Try flying a kite on the top lawn, playing pooh sticks or climb trees in the Vicary Gibbs play area..

Crow Wood

The kids can let off steam in Crow Wood playscape with its giant slide, badger den and rope walks for children aged five to 12. There is also a high-level walkway, sandpit and a tree house with a fireman’s pole.