Length of route:
Approx 5 miles, allow 2 hours
Car park near Higher Poynton
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A lovely walk, whether you just want to enjoy the Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park sights or relive the iconic moment that Colin Firth’s Darcy emerged from the lake at Pemberley in the BBC1 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
The starting point is the car park near the canal at Higher Poynton. Join the towpath here, keeping the canal on your right and pass under two bridges. After the second bridge, turn left off the tow path and circle back over the bridge following a narrow lane. You’ll pass Middlecale Farm before reaching a fork, where you should head left, passing through Ryles Wood.
Continue along the lane, passing over a small bridge and through a gate onto the main driveway to Lyme Park. Turn right and after a short while head left onto a stony track up towards the ridge and a hunting lodge. Past the lodge you’ll reach a driveway where you should turn left before bearing right and passing through a gate marked ‘no cycling’ and along the staff car park and old stable blocks. Pass through one gate before reaching a gate marked Fallow Deer park and turn right through this.
As you walk along the path here, the infamous pond will come into view in front of Lyme Hall itself. Keep on the path until another gate then head right down the steps to the National Trust information building. Here, if you would like to visit Lyme Hall, turn right. Alternatively, keep left on the driveway before bearing right over a cattle grid and taking the right-hand fork and the next right hand fork too. If you continue to follow this lane, you’ll pass over a bridge on the Macclesfield Canal and return to the car park.