After a busy week an Autumn Trip to Lyme Park, Disley

8 Oct

lyme park disley

After an almost continuous 8 days of work, preparing for the predicted change in the weather, we were ready for a relaxing day out in the Kamper. The long dry spell had left our shed and timber pavillion looking forlorn and the log pile was in need of organising and sawing. So, whilst I set to with paint brush and logging tools (not simultaneously of course) my other half decided to decorate the most needy of 3 or 4 rooms in “Chateau Dinkum.” Then to top off a busy spell we had a response to our to let advert and a big rush job to get a very pleasant, post grad gentleman into our bijou ( read tiny) flat.

(c) National Trust, Lyme Park; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
We had about a 2 hour drive, in wet and windy conditions to Disley, on the A6 near Stockport. We survived the dreadful and aggressive tailgating on a short stretch of the M6 roadworks and shot off eastwards towards Congleton and Macclesfield and the much more “friendly” rural “A” roads. A big change in the weather. On our last day out to another National Trust property at Dudmaston Hall, I was too warm in shorts and short sleeves. At Lyme Park, it was decidedly chilly, damp and grey. The grand house itself cheered us tremendously though and we got off to a good start with a coffee and scone in the former servants hall.
The character above is Colonel Thomas Peter Legh (pronounced Lee). He fathered 7 children by 7 different women. If you look at the expression on the horse’s face it seems to be annoyed with the frisky Colonel. I hope he had not made a pass at his own horse! He famously recruited huge numbers for the Napoleonic wars (hope I got that bit right…….). He apparently kept his Ladies in comfort at Golborne Hall in Lancashire and elsewhere. And I thought that it was hard going just getting a campervan converted…………

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After a very interesting talk from a guide about the family history behind Lyme Park, we took a leasurely stroll around the huge house, which had grown like topsy, being added to in great chunks of masonry over several hundred years. The place had a lovely atmosphere, welcoming and friendly. We could probably have driven our campervan through the huge entrance doors if we could have got up the steps. I was talking so much to the individual room guides so much that we ran out of time to see “the timberyard” area but we did get to photgraph the deer herd in one section of the 1300 acres on our way out.
We took the scenic way home via Buxton and Leek. The moors looked particularly dramatic following the storms.

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