Trains and old houses

Disley Travel Blog

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I woke up in Edinburgh about 15 hours after my plane had initially landed. But, alas, I was already saying goodbye to Edinburgh and ready to jump on the train and work my way south. So I hopped over to Waverly Station and off I went. I think train stations are so much more pleasant to visit than airports. In the United States it seems I have to have a full body cavity search to get into the gate area to get on my plane. But with trains it seems nobody cares. My train itinerary would take me to Manchester, where initially I had just intended to wing it and see what kind of trouble I could get into (Good trouble, of course). But, before I left I had been looking around and found Lyme Park, which operated by the National Trust, which I had initially thought was the UK's equivalent of a National Park.
I think they just maintain old homes, though. So I caught a quick train to Disley, which required a short walk to the entrance to Lyme Park.

Once I got to the entrance of Lyme Park I decided it'd be a good idea to enjoy a stroll through the woods, as was suggested as one of my options by the man in the booth charging admission to all cars. It took me about 30 minutes or so to walk through the woods to get to the house at Lyme Park.

It is my not-so-humble view that Lyme Park's gardens and grounds are far more impressive than the interior of the house. The interior maintains some of its grandeur, but it is really showing its age from what I could tell (and smell). I'd post pictures, but it doesn't seem that they view photography too kindly inside the house. Plenty of walking to be had outside, though, and I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and some really good weather that wouldn't last too long.
Entrance to Lyme Park

Once I finished with Lyme Park I walked back toward Disley, which I found to be a quaint little town with some small-town charm, had a bite to eat, and then caught the train to Sheffield. In Sheffield I basically wandered around the city despite the change in the weather which brought rain with it. Nothing really interesting happened, but I did like the parts of Sheffield that I saw. By this time I had probably walked several miles, been on about 6 different trains, and was still adjusting to being overseas so I was exhausted and passed out pretty early.
Vikram says:
True about a lot of National Trust sites, the exteriors are always better than the interiors.
Posted on: Sep 16, 2009
steph928 says:
i'm so jealous. lyme park was featured in the bbc version of pride and prejudice. it is so beautiful.
Posted on: Sep 06, 2009
Africancrab says:
Well written, I enjoyed reading it :)
Posted on: Sep 02, 2009
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Entrance to Lyme Park
Entrance to Lyme Park
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I believe this structure was for …
Entrance to the house at Lyme Park.
Entrance to the house at Lyme Park.
Side of the house
Side of the house
House with reflecting pond in front
House with reflecting pond in front
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I don't know what the purpose of …
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