Lyme Park – A National Trust day out in the North West UK
Days out in the North West UK
A couple of weeks ago on one of the lovely sunny days we had, we ventured over to Lyme Park. It’s about an hours drive for us so we hoped that it would provide a full day out.
If you’ve read my favourite days out post, you will see that a few things are required in my book to warrant a return and class it as a favourite. One of which are paths that you can easily push a pram around, the other are toilets and baby change and another is wide open spaces for kids to play.
Lyme park definitely delivered on all accounts. One point to note is how busy it can get (which is a reflection on how good it is). We had read about how busy it can get so we set off pretty early, early enough that we would arrive at opening. We left mid afternoon and the queue to get in was ridiculous. The drive on the approach to car park is so long, yet the queue of cars extended out of the park gates onto the main road. So the main tip here is to arrive early if it’s nice weather /school holidays / public holiday.
The site is huge, it covers 1400 hectares. This really is a kids paradise. I think our favourite parts were the adventure playground named Crow Wood and the little streams that you could go splashing in.
One of the problems with having a 5 year old and a 1 year old are playgrounds sometimes aren’t equipped for the little ones. Even when they are, Pud persists on trying to climb the slide and get in the way of the older children. So whilst Pops climbed, scrambled, jumped and swung her way around Crow Wood with Daddy, Pud and I went on a little walk on an unsuccessful attempt to get him to sleep!
There are so many walks which we have yet to discover. The one we did took us up to ‘The Cage’ (see featured photo at the top). It was easy enough with our stroller. Best thing was the open space, we could confidently let out one year old loose on. This walk only took us about 30 – 40 minutes. Without kids I suspect it would only take about 20 minutes!
We had a picnic sat on the grass, this was bliss. Sat in the sunshine with two giggly children. That was until Pud decided he’d had enough and tried his best to get out of his pram! Cue time to move on to next activity!
We never went into the house or the formal gardens, we enjoyed our time outside too much. So next time we visit this is the plan.
I thoroughly recommend Lyme Park, even if you have to travel a little distance to get there.
We were not paid or sponsored for this review, it’s just a lovely day out in the North West UK we wanted to share with you.