Attractions in Disley and High Lane
PUBLISHED: 10:44 17 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:11 20 February 2013
There's plenty to enjoy in these neighbouring locations
A blooming good day out
Disley residents are a green-fingered lot, you only have to wander past their gardens and see the beautiful borders, colourful baskets and pretty pots to realise that, but the displays at the annual Disley Horticultural Society show prove the point. This year's show, the 103rd, will be held on Saturday August 14 in a large marquee at Disley Amalgamated Club. The show will feature stunning floral displays and demonstrations and a host of prizes for flowers and vegetables.
Way to Goyt
Disley sits in north east Cheshire on the edge of the Peak District, close to the boundary with Derbyshire and enjoys some of the best walking country in Cheshire. Many of the best routes follow the River Goyt, which rises near Buxton and eventually joins with the River Etherow to form the River Mersey. A map of footpaths in the area is available from the Parish Council Offices. Walkers can also stretch their legs along the Cheshire Ring network of paths which pass to the west of Disley.
Although technically just over the parish border in Lyme Handley, Lyme Park is close enough to Disley to warrant its place here. The Grade One listed hall, which was built in the late 1500s, is the largest house in Cheshire and is surrounded by 15 acres of formal gardens and an extensive deer park. The estate has been owned by the National Trust since the mid-1940s and has been used in several films and television programmes, most notably as the seat of Mr Darcy in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice where Colin Firth clambered out of the pond after his swim. And, Firth fans, there's another connection with Disley coming up.
Disley is within easy reach of Macclesfield, Buxton, Stockport and Manchester but has retained a delightful village feel. Among its lovely buildings are stone built cottages from the 17th and 18th centuries and Victorian and Edwardian houses. Throughout Disley's history it has been closely linked with the Legh family of Lyme and St Mary's Church was built in the 16th century Sir Piers Legh, who had the misfortune to die before it was completed. The Rams Head was formerly a lodge belonging to the Lyme Park estate and is now a popular restaurant and pub. As with many beautiful Cheshire villages, Disley has a healthy smattering of famous names among its residents: Paralympic gold medal-winning cyclists Sarah and Ben Storey and 2008 Olympic cycling gold medal winner Jamie Staff call the place home and TV presenter David Dickinson had his first antique shop here. It was also the birthplace of novelist Christopher Isherwood, author of, among others, A Single Man, which is now a film starring Colin Firth.
Disley and neighbouring High Lane are well connected villages, however you're travelling. Arrive by car and you'll find a car park by the library, as well as some on-street parking, but you don't have to drive. The villages are surrounded by waterways, with the Goyt and Peak Forest Canal to the north and east and, to the west, the Macclesfield Canal which is a relatively young canal and was almost built as a railway. There is a railway station at Disley which links the village to Manchester Piccadilly and Buxton. The village is also notable to train fans for its two-and-a-bit mile long Disley Tunnel, one of the longest on the region's rail network.