A Walk to the Lantern

Walking trail

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.

Lantern wood in glorious autumn at Lyme, Cheshire


Lantern walk route map at Lyme


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.

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The house at Lyme, Cheshire


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.

A path and gate towards turfouse at Lyme


Continue along the track and through the next gate into Turfhouse Meadow. Keep going along the track with the gardens on your right.

The gates into Turfhouse Meadow at Lyme, Cheshire


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.

A moorland path at Lantern Wood, Lyme, Cheshire


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.

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A photo of the Lantern at Lyme overlooking the skyline


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.

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Caters slack at Lyme, Cheshire


The path through Caters Slack bears down to the left. Walk along here until you reach the final stile.

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Large red deer stag on the moor with heather clad hills in background at Lyme, Cheshire


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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A Walk to the Lantern

How to get here

Main Car Park, Lyme, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NR
By train

Disley train station ½ mile from entrance to the park. Walk starting point by main car park, one mile from park entrance.

By road

Entrance on A6 only. Parking: 200 yards from house. SatNav: SK12 2NR

By foot

Northern end of Gritstone Trail. The main entrance is via the A6. The House & Garden is one mile from main gate. A courtesy vehicle is available from the admissions kiosk each day 10am – 4.30pm. Oct – Feb, weekends only.

By bus

Frequent bus services to entrance from Stockport and Buxton. Main car park and house one mile from park entrance.

By bicycle

Cycle route information

A Walk to the Lantern

Facilities and access

  • Car Park
  • Timber Yard Cafe and Shop