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View from the house to the Lantern in the woodland at Lyme, Cheshire
View east from the house to the Lantern | © National Trust Images/Garry Lomas
Cheshire & Greater Manchester

A walk to the Lantern at Lyme

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.

Help protect nature between April and July

Spring and early summer is a time when birds travel near and far to nest at Lyme and deer and highland cows are calving. Help us to protect the wildlife who call Lyme home by keeping to paths and designated cycle trails and keeping your dog on a lead everywhere in the parkland, aside from the 6km of dedicated off lead space.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Main car park, Lyme, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NR. OS grid ref: SJ 96288237

Step 1

From the main car park, follow the sloping path at the side of the kiosk that takes you up towards the house.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

The gates into Turfhouse Meadow at Lyme, Cheshire
The gates into Turfhouse Meadow at Lyme | © National Trust Images/Scott Burns

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Caters slack at Lyme, Cheshire
Caters slack at Lyme | © National Trust Images/Scott Burns

Step 7

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

Step 8

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.

End point

Main car park, Lyme, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NR. OS grid ref: SJ 96288237

Trail map

Lantern walk route map at Lyme
Lantern walk route map at Lyme | © National Trust Images

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