Introduction to the Gritstone Trail
After 15months of not being able to walk as a group in our favourite park in our series of walks, we are back in Lyme Park NT.
It was great to see the deer as we made our way up the drive to the car park, we started off with a fantastic long Nordic Walk making a loop of The Gritstone Trail using a mixture of permissive footpaths and the trail itself. The Gritstone Trail is a 35 mile / 56 kilometre starting at Disley Railway Station and finishing at Kidsgrove Railway Station.
From the Timberyard we headed past Lyme Hall and along to East Lodge past the deer enclosurefrom there we left the park and started across fields and up a lane to Bowstone Gate and the hillfinder on Sponds Hill there were great views to be seen in all directions, we could pick out Windgather, Shining Tor, Shutlingsloe, and White Nancy to name a few of the hills.
We returned to Bowstone Gate and dropped down through the moorland and the Highland cattle to Knightslow Wood before returning to the start for some stretches.
Just over 9km covered with 214m of climb.