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February Walk - Lyme Park Circular

The weather forecast was for severe winter weather but fortunately for us Saturday dawned dry but very cold. Due to injuries, too much digging, and other engagements the group was down to only five members but undaunted we left the car park at Nelson Pit, Higher Poynton, well wrapped up against the cold and in good spirits, to walk round Lyme Park.

We started off  along the Macclesfield Canal which was completely frozen over and an ice breaker would be required for any boating enthusiast wanting a day cruising on the canal! After a short stroll along the tow path we crossed the canal and set off across the fields to the Park. The ground was hard and frozen but crossing the fields was not a problem and we made good time up to Ryles Wood. Although the snow and frost hanging from the trees were very scenic, conditions under foot quickly became quite treacherous and extreme care was required especially on the downward slopes.

However, we negotiated Ryles Wood successfully and our next point of interest was Elmerhurst Wood. Conditions underfoot were even more difficult - water and ice are not the best walking conditions - and some members of the group likened it to going to the skating rink when they young. With extreme care we came out the other side with only one casualty, who slipped up, but fortunately only his pride was dented.

At this point 'Elth and Safety' decreed that we should abandon the trail through Crow Wood and follow the road round to the cafe. Here we stopped for a break and as always, the sun shined on the righteous and we were able to sit outside for a welcome cup of coffee.

The walk continued through the Lyme Park on tarmac roads from this point and we made good time on the return leg to the car park where we arrived back at about one o'clock - just in time for lunch. We adjourned to the Boars Head where pie, chips and mushy peas were the favoured dish of the day!

Wrapped up and ready to go!

Ice on the Macclesfield Canal

Ryles Wood in winter.

Crossing the stream in Ryles Wood

Elmerhurst Wood

The cage in Lyme Park.

A robin joins us for coffee!



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