Well I think we cracked the weather today. Admittedly a bit on the cold side, we had lots of sun for the whole time it was out. And once inside drinking coffee…. well it snowed! Welcome to spring time, at Lyme Park!
A record turnout today – 23 of you joined me, and that’s with several of the regulars being unable to attend today. 3 new to the group today too.
I must say that the weather today was better than I’d expected, and as such the route plan changed after I’d walked along East Drive before the group met. Not least because of the vast number of deer loitering around close by.
I’d taken some pics, but one from the group was far better, so I’ve included that instead!
After the usual trip around the millpond we headed straight up to the Northfront of the House to go deer spotting. And we weren’t disappointed as there were plenty of stags watching us, then running alongside us and, for a moment it looked like they were going to follow us up Caters Slack!
And so up the hill we went with the general consensus being that it doesn’t get any less steep! The Deer decided they weren’t going to follow! Once regrouped and the view taken in we headed across Lantern Wood and out the other side.
By this point I’d decided that the weather was too good an opportunity to miss, and rather than following the T10 route downwards, we went up. And the path from the Lantern Wood middle stile to the Higher Moor is steep. I could feel my popularity within the group dropping with each step!
On the plus point upon reaching the monument at the highest part of Higher Moor, the view was stunning, especially looking down onto the Cage by which we’d posed a photo in front of earlier in the run.
From the highest point at Lyme, there’s only one direction back to the Cafe – downwards! And most of the group enjoyed a rapid (yet controlled) descent!
THE USUAL STATISTICS
Number of runners – 23 (plus me)
Distance – 3.5 miles (with looping)
Total Ascent – 679 ft
% time going uphill – 46% (25 minutes) – 1.6 miles
% time going downhill – 36% (10 minutes) – 1.4 miles
Number of Red Deer seen – 40