Issue 89

This Cheshire Dog Walk Is Guaranteed to Blow Away Your Winter Cobwebs!

With Britain's wet and wild winter weather taking hold at the moment you would be forgiven for thinking days out and about exploring might be limited for the coming weeks. But that shouldn't stop you planning ahead and so this month we're bringing you a dog walk we think you'll love.

As we continue our series finding the best pockets of the UK to visit and explore with your trusted four legged friend, sponsored by Direct Line Pet Insurance, this month we visit the Lyme Park Estate in Stockport.

Those of you who have watched (and re-watched) the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice will immediately recognise this estate for its infamous scene with Mr Darcy, but its history dates back to the Edwardian era.

Photo Credit: Joe Wainwright

Located on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park is a 1,300 acre estate.  In its hey day it was a great sporting estate and is still home to a medieval herd of red and fallow deer who enjoy roaming the hills. The photograph, below, shows where they roam today. It also shows 'The Cage', an 18th century hunting lodge at Lyme Park.

Photo Credit: MartinHansV

Originally granted to Sir Thomas Danyers in 1346 by Edward III, for his service to the Black Prince in the Battle of Crécy, the estate passed through the generations of the Legh family.

Photo Credit: Steve Walker

When in 1415 Sir Piers Legh II, who then managed the estate, was wounded in the Battle of Agincourt, his mastiff stood over and protected him for many hours through the battle. His mastiff was later returned to Legh's home and this began the estate's association and love affair with all things canine. His mastiff became the foundation of the Lyme Hall Mastiffs, which were well regarded until the line died in the early 20th century.

Photo Credit: Anthony Beal

The estate was built onto over the years with additions (such as the formal gardens), restorations and changes made by the generations who managed the estate but in 1946 Richard Legh, 3rd Baron Newton, gave Lyme Park to the National Trust.

Photo Credit: Drew's Photo Shoots

The home closes for the winter period but the grounds of the estate are still open. If you're looking to experience a shorter walk, you can stroll around the Edwardian rose garden, ravine garden or around the lake (where Mr Darcey met Miss Bennett on the TV show).

Photo Credit: Steven Acaster

Those of you looking for a longer more energy consuming walk can take in much more of the estate. Countryfile have a recommended path that's well worth considering and will see you cover more than five miles! You can find their recommended trail here:

Photo Credit: Hannah and Simon

In addition to this recommended trail, there are others which start a little outside the estate but venture through, such as the Nelson's Pit Walk number 2. More can be found about this here:

Photo Credit: Duncan Hull

The estate has huge potential to explore and enjoy, from the roaming countryside and woodland surrounding you can see why this beauty spot is as popular as it is with fellow Jane Austin buffs, walkers and dog lovers alike.

Photo Credit: A Pillow of Winds

How to find the Lyme Park Estate

Lyme Park
SK12 2NR

Telephone: 01663 762023 or visit online at You can also find out more about the Nelson Pit walk no 2 which passes through the Lyme Park Estate here.

Parking located nearby at the Middlewood Way car park off Lyme Road.


Direct Line Pet Insurance has recently released its new Walkies app in the Apple App Store. The GPS-enabled app has been created especially for dog owners, allowing them to record and share their favourite walking routes online and via social media channels. Owners can add any number of dogs to a ‘pack’, with the option to record each dog’s walks separately as well as group walks.

Once recorded, users can post maps of their walks to Facebook and Twitter, or share PDF reports of their ‘Top Walks’ via email and print. The app also features a list of Top Walks from across the UK, providing users with a near limitless bank of routes to choose from. Alongside the Walkies app, Direct Line is running the ‘Fit Fred’ campaign which follows the journey of Fred, an overweight Golden Retriever, as he embarks on his weight loss journey over the next six months –

Prit Powar, head of pet insurance at Direct Line said: “The Walkies app provides a simple and social way for owners to share their walks with friends and track their dogs’ fitness over time. At Direct Line, we are committed to helping owners keep their pets healthy and we believe the Walkies app will appeal to dog lovers across the country. Both the Walkies app and the Fit Fred campaign aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and to encourage dog owners to try new routes and share their progress with family and friends. We look forward to seeing how Fred progresses over the next six months.”

Next month we discover somewhere new, but please do get involved and share your favourite places to visit on by commenting below – we'd love to hear from you and where your dog loves to visit!



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