A Walk to the Lantern
You'll be rewarded with glorious views on this walk to a lesser visited areas of the park. You may also be able to see Lyme's Red Deer, who often spend their time in the east of the park.
Main car park
From the main car park, follow the sloping path at the side of the Information Centre that takes you up towards the house.
The house has been altered by succeeding generations of the Legh family who owned Lyme for 600 years before giving it to the National Trust in 1946. The statue of Minerva with her shield and spear over the central gateway was set up at the end of the eighteenth century.
With the house to your right, head along the tarmac road that leads up hill to the left. You will pass The Stables before coming to a gateway on your right hand side. Go through this gate, with The Stables on your right and the old Nursery Garden on your left.
Continue along the track and through the next gate into Turfhouse Meadow. Keep going along the track with the gardens on your right.
Continue on this track until you reach a gate and stile. Climb over the stile on to the moor and head straight up the hill, following the wall. Keeping Lantern Wood to your left, you'll pass a deer leap in the wall, before arriving at another stile. Climb this stile and make your way along the path through the woodland.
Wander through the magnificent woodland. Eventually you will stumble across The Lantern (downhill on your left). Take some time to explore around The Lantern and take in the views down toward the house.
Tradition has it that the top third of the lantern used to be on the roof of the house where Minerva's statue now stands.
Once you've finished exploring around The Lantern, continue along the same path through to the other side of Lantern Wood. Climb over the stile onto Caters Slack. If weather permits, take in the far reaching views.
Take a few minutes to admire the view. To your right there is the plateau of Kinder Scout the highest point in the Peak District. To the left of Kinder the hills of Derbyshire merge into Yorkshire. In the far distance you may be able to pick out the TV mast at Holme Moss near Huddersfield. To the left in the far distance there is another TV mast, Winter Hill near Bolton. The Cheshire plain with Stockport in the foreground is to the far left.
The path through Caters Slack bears down to the left. Walk along here until you reach the final stile.
From here it is usually possible to see red deer hinds across the road ahead. They tend to keep to the less visited areas of the park where they are safe from disturbance. This is especially important in the early summer when they have young calves to protect. In the autumn it is a good place to watch the stags fighting during the rut. Please stay on the paths to watch them so they are free from disturbance and remain safe.
After climbing over the last stile, make your way to the road ahead. On the right is Lyme’s deer sanctuary, and if you are lucky you may be able to spot some of our medieval herd. At the road turn left. Follow it past The Stables, down the hill past the house and back to your starting point in the main car park.
Main car park
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