Exceptional views at Paddock Cottage

Walking trail

On a clear day at Paddock Cottage you'll be rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding area. This enjoyable walk also takes in Drinkwater Meadow, Knightslow Wood, and Pursfield Wood. Why not download the property map which you can find at the top of the Lyme homepage?

Magnificent views towards Cheshire and Manchester looking over Paddock Cottage


Trail route for walk to Paddock Cottage at Lyme, Cheshire


Information Centre, in main car park


Facing the car park with the Information Centre behind you, follow the tarmac road around the outside of the car park until you reach the cattle grid. Don't cross the cattle grid, but instead bear to the left. Go through the gate and follow the stony track (Gritstone Trail), with the woodland on the left and Drinkwater Meadow on your right. Follow the track until you reach a gate in the wall into Knightslow Wood.


Go through the gate into Knightslow Wood and turn right. Follow the path through the tall Beech trees, with the wall on your right, until you reach a ladder stile. Go over the stile and then cross the stream. Bear right down the steps.

Magnificent woodland at Lyme


Follow the narrow path with the wall on your right and the steep drop down to Cluse Hey on your left. The path will eventually bend around to the right, through a gate and up to Paddock Cottage.

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Paddock Cottage on a clear day


With Paddock Cottage behind you and the far reaching views on your left, follow the path to the right, along the ridge through Pursefield Wood. Where the path forks (just before a small gate) keep right and descend to the corner. Go through the gate in the wire fence & the gate in the corner, and continue straight ahead to the right of a small wood, with the wall, and later the stream on your right. Turn right onto the road and descend past the cattle grid and back to the main car park.

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Tree lined path to Paddock Cottage


Main car park

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Exceptional views at Paddock Cottage

How to get here

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

Disley station ½ mile from park entrance. Car park (starting point) 1 mile from park entrance.

By road

Entrance on A6 only. Parking: 200 yards from house. SatNav: use SK12 2NX to park entrance.

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 in peak season. During Oct – Feb, weekends only.

By bus

Frequent bus services to entrance from Stockport and Buxton. Car park (starting point) one mile from park entrance.

By bicycle

Cycle route information

Exceptional views at Paddock Cottage

Facilities and access

  • Timber Yard Cafe
  • Car Parking