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Pott Shrigley to Lyme Park

Walk 2 starts and ends at a layby on Shrigley Road, opposite a house named “Needygate” (postcode SK10 5SG). By car, take the main A523 road out of Macclesfield in the direction of Poynton and Stockport. At a set of traffic lights in Adlington, adjacent to the Legh Arms pub, turn right up Brookledge Lane. Turn left along Shrigley Road. This will take you past the Coffee Tavern cafe, well worth a stop for refreshments. A short distance past the cafe, there is a layby on the right, with enough room for about 10 cars. The house named “Needygate” is on the left.

View the starting point

Distance: 4.8 miles (7.6 km)  
Terrain: Lanes, footpaths and bridleways.
Access: Not suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs
Grade: Easy
Time: 2 to 2½ hours
Ascent: 158 metres
Maps: OS Explorer Map 268, OL24
Start: Layby on Shrigley Road, SK10 5SG.
Grid Ref: SJ 948 817  

Walk Description and Directions

This circular walk involves an easy walk up a lane past West Parkgate to Green Farm, then footpaths in Lyme Park, before returning along an Interest Trail through Ladybrook Valley and Crow Wood, then a gentle stroll through Hase Bank Wood back to West Parkgate. Refreshments and toilets are available at the Coffee Tavern (half a mile along Shrigley Road from the starting/finishing point), and at the coffee shop in the Timber Yard in Lyme Park. Strong shoes or walking boots are essential.

(1) From the layby, pass through a kissing gate to follow a path through woods.

(2) The path soon meets a driveway. Turn left up the driveway, passing a house named “West Parkgate”. This house is a Grade II listed building dating from 1620.

(3) Continue up the driveway, as it bears left, across a cattle grid. The driveway now levels out. Follow the driveway to Green Farm. 

(4) At Green Farm, where the driveway forks, follow the driveway to the right, to pass behind farm buildings. Take a narrow footpath to the right, which soon emerges at a ladder stile.
  (5) Cross the ladder stile. You are now in Lyme Park. Follow the grassy path which leads diagonally uphill. There are wonderful views across the Cheshire Plain to the escarpment of Alderley Edge and beyond to Helsby Hill and the mountains of North Wales. Also, on a clear day, the tall buildings in the centre of Manchester may be seen – the tallest is the Hilton Tower Hotel.
  (6) Where the grassy path meets a driveway, bear left. Very soon after, follow the narrow grassy path down to the left, away from the driveway. You should be heading directly across an open field towards a ladder stile in the high stone wall opposite, about 100 yards away.

(7) The narrow grassy path heads down into a damp gully, then up again, to emerge at the ladder stile. Cross the ladder stile, and follow the path (signposted as “NCW”, the North Cheshire Way) along the top right hand edge of the field, with a high stone wall to your right.

  (8) After crossing a few stiles, the path (still following the wall to the right) goes downhill.Upon reaching a driveway at the bottom of the hill, turn right.

(9) Follow the driveway to Elmerhurst Cottage. Bear right through a gate. A sign indicates that you are entering Lyme Park.

(10) Soon, cross a ladder stile to the right into woodland. This is the beginning of the Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail which leads through woodland.

(11) Eventually the Interest Trail follows to the right of a driveway, with the Cage on a hill up to the left. The Cage (see photo) was originally a hunting lodge and was later used as a park-keeper’s cottage and as a lock-up for prisoners.

(12) The Interest Trail soon leads down steps to a ladder stile. This is the start of Crow Wood. Cross the stile and continue to follow the trail.

  (13) Upon meeting a junction of paths, bear left.


  (14) The trail soon emerges behind The Timber Yard. Walk around the left hand edge of the mill pond.


(15) Pass to the right of the main car park. At a fork in the driveway, bear right, to follow a driveway across a cattle grid and uphill.
  (16) Soon a further car park is reached, at the entrance to Hase Bank Wood. Go through a gate, and follow the driveway down through Hase Bank Wood. This is probably the highlight of the walk, and is a gentle stroll down through this very scenic wooded area.
  (17) Upon reaching the house at West Parkgate, pass through a gate and turn left down the driveway, and footpath to return to the starting point.

Print the route card and map to take on the walk with you. The step numbers above correspond to the step numbers in the route card and on the map.