Woods, views and ponds - discover the Lime Avenue ponds

Walking trail

In 2017, after years of plannnig and fundraising, the Lime Avenue ponds were restored, creating a beautiful spot for visitors and a home for a variety of wildlife. This walk takes in woodland, moorland and a tree lined avenue, giving you chance to explore many areas of the estate. It is a dog friendly walk but we ask dogs are kept on leads on some parts of the walk due to sensitive habitats and grazing cattle.

A wonderful view of the house and Cage at Lyme


Map showing the route of Lime Avenue walk at Lyme, Cheshire


The 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.

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The gate in to Knightslow Wood and Drinkwater Meadow at Lyme


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.

Footpath by Drinkwater Meadow at Lyme, Cheshire


Head through the gate and continue ahead. As you continue along the path, look to your left for a wonderful view of the south front of the house with the Cage in the back ground

A wonderful view of the house and Cage at Lyme


Continue along until you reach a gate ahead. Go through the gate on to the moor and turn left, and follow the path with the wall on your left.

The gate on to the moor at Lyme, Cheshire


After a few hundred yards, turn left through the first gate you pass

The footpath on to the moor at Lyme, Cheshire


Follow the footpath down through the wood until you reach a gate on your right that takes you in to Calves Croft. This will bring you out at the top of Lime Avenue with wonderful views down to the house. Please note that in this area, we ask visitors to stick to footpaths and that dogs remain on leads due to sensitive wildlife living in this area.

Winding footpath through Knightslow Wood at Lyme, Chesire


Head down Lime Avenue and you will find the ponds on the left.

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The recently restored Lime Avenue ponds at Lyme, Cheshire


Head to the bottom of Lime Avenue until you reach the fence to the garden. Turn right and follow the footpath around the perimeter of the garden until you reach Hampers Bridge. Cross the bridge and go through a gate into Turfhouse Meadow before turning left.

The south front of the house at Lyme, Cheshire


Go through the next gate and follow the lane to a T junction at which you turn left, passing the front of the old stable block. Continue downhill past the house to return to the car park, or alternatively go for a closer look at the gardens or house.

A view of the north front of the house and turning circle at Lyme, Cheshire


The car park

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Woods, views and ponds - discover the Lime Avenue ponds

How to get here

Lyme car park, Disley, Cheshire, SK12 2NX
By road

Entrance on the A6 only *At the Admissions Hut we ask that NT members have their cards ready. Non-members please note that cash is quicker*
Parking: 200 yards from house.
SatNav: Please follow the postcode of SK12 2NX