Cheshire in the snow - picture feature at Lyme Park, Disley
PUBLISHED: 11:46 15 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:32 20 February 2013
Cheshire Life's picture editor John Cocks wrapped up warmly and headed outdoors to capture fun in the snow at Lyme Park, Disley<br/><br/>WORDS BY EMMA MAYOH
It is an experience that will hold fond memories for many of us: wrapping up in layer upon layer of woollies and heading out with family and friends into crisp white snow. Its an unforgettable experience.
Tearing down a snowy hill on a sledge, or whatever you can find to slide on, only to run hastily back up the hill eager for another trip is a picture of childhood nostalgia many of us can relate to.
It is refreshing to see that these simple pleasures are still a thrill for most children. All around the county youngsters have been grabbing their hats and gloves and heading out into the clean, pure powder. And as well as sledging its likely that more than a few snow angels will be made in the process.
Our picture editor, John Cocks, captured this happy activity at Lyme Park, Disley. Its no secret that Lyme Hall, the beautiful Italianate mansion on the estates grounds, was made famous by its appearance in the BBCs Pride and Prejudice series. The stunning building made a wonderful Pemberley, the estate of Mr Darcy. Its lake formed the backdrop for that now famous scene of Colin Firth, who played Austens romantic lead, wading out of the water.
While it is likely Mr Darcy would not have been keen on taking a dip on a chilly day like the one when John visited, it is certain he would have appreciated the Parks beauty in the grip of winter. Lyme Parks world-class gardens were buried under a blanket of freshly fallen snow. The Hall stands majestically in its surrounding parklands which feature old and rare plant and flower species.
Groups of 21st century children and their families enjoyed a day of fun in the snow of the landmark National Trust site. It is possible too that the Legh family, once the owners of this historic estate, would have enjoyed running around in the snow outside their home in bygone winter seasons.
The gardens that Lyme Park boasts are a delight to behold when they are in bloom. But the snow and a crisp winter day brings a rather special, magical touch to this splendid corner of Cheshire.
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