After my absence last week it was good to be back in Lyme Park today. And whilst it was a bit chilly to begin with, by the time we had returned to the Timber Yard, the sun was out!
22 runners joined me today, so that’s the joint-record. Initially 2 new joiners, however a chance conversation with a passing family resulted in one parent taking the children to the play area whilst the other came to play out with us!
This week I made double-sure that I’d packed my trail shoes, but in fact most of our route today was pretty dry under foot. Acting as a make-shift tour guide, I took the group from around the millpond and up behind the Knott during which we had three red-deer spectators. We then joined the track which, in it’s day, was the main route into Lyme Park (we’re talking pre railways and motorcars).
Stopping only to admire two ducks who were floating in their own mini duck pond (literally a large puddle) we made our way along the track before taking a short tarmac road section which joins to the end of West Park Drive.
We took the climb of West Park Drive steadily before regrouping and heading up the track to Paddock Cottage. From there it was along the Ridge at Cluse Hey before returning to the Timber Yard following the grass trail through Drinkwater Meadow.
THE USUAL STATISTICS
Number of runners – 22 (plus me)
Distance – 3.3 miles (without looping)
Total Ascent – 306 ft
% time going uphill – 28% (14 minutes) – 1.1 miles
% time going downhill – 36% (18 minutes) – 1.3 miles
Number of Red Deer seen – 3