The National Trust’s Lyme Park, on the Cheshire edge of the Peak District, caused over 2 miles of queuing traffic on the A6 this Sunday morning — not for the first time.
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You may be aware there is currently a bit of a thing ongoing with Lyme Park, a disaster which many hope can be averted. In the meantime, here’s two positive new moves from the National Trust property.
Stockport Council has trialled a single closure point to stop queue-jumping on a residential road off the A6 at the High Lane — a move which, if made permanent, could also provide up to half the length of a safe cycling route along this busy travel corridor.
Lyme Park’s ranger team are informally allowing cycling on two extra routes again until the end of summer, as per the terms of a “trial” initiated before the pandemic.
Where better to talk to Dame Sarah Storey about cycling safety on fast rural roads than Derbyshire‘s A5004 Long Hill — briefly a cycling paradise while closed to most vehicles. So it was odd that the BBC’s Countryfile failed to mention this fact while using it for background footage in a piece that has been much-criticised online.
Lyme has confirmed all its National Trust parkland will soon be open to access into the evening, for the first time in over two years.
Even if the weather for much of May 2021 has been a washout, the days are now incredibly long as we race towards the brightest day of the year. So will the National Trust’s Lyme Park finally extend its frustrating 4.30pm closing time to 8pm, like usual in summer? It’s not looking good so far.
All good things must come to an end, but as we hit the magic number of 26 top cycling highlights of the Peak District borders around Derbyshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester there’s still plenty of possibilities ahead for this year and beyond…
Continuing the celebration of local leisure cycling highlights on the western Peak District borders, part two takes us from Goyt’s Moss to Lyme, with some flatter inspiration for this year’s rides along the way thanks to Monsal Trail and the Cheshire lanes.
Before a certain global pandemic and nationwide lockdown scuppered everything, the Canal & River Trust had a welcome slate of work to repair some of the worst patches of the Upper Peak Forest Canal between Marple and Disley. Now they’re back.