Lymm is a picturesque village near Warrington, Cheshire. It has a population of around 12,000 and is one of the most desirable residential locations in North West England.

Attractions and Things to Do

Lymm Dam is the most popular attraction in the area. The dam was built in 1824 to carry a turnpike road from Warrington to Stockport (now the A56). The lake and surrounding woodland are now a country park.

Lymm Dam, Lymm, Cheshire
Lymm Dam

St Mary’s Church overlooks Lymm Dam. There has been a church on its site since the 11th century, but the current structure was built in 1850.

St Mary's Church, Lymm
St Mary’s Church, Lymm

Lymm Cross is a Grade I listed structure in the centre of the village. It stands on a natural outcrop of red sandstone and is thought to date back to the 17th century.

Lymm Cross, Lymm, Cheshire
Lymm Cross

The Dingle is an area of woodland just north of the dam. A footpath runs alongside the stream, connecting the dam to the village.

Lymm village
Lymm village

Slitten Gorge lies on the other side of the village. The valley contains the remains of Lymm Slitting Mill. This watermill, operational in the 18th and 19th centuries, cut iron bars into narrow strips. These were subsequently made into nails.

The Bridgewater Canal passes through Lymm. It was built by Thomas Egerton, the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester. The first section opened in 1761. An extension reached Lymm several years later.

Bridgewater Canal
Bridgewater Canal


One of the best ways to see the village and surrounding area is to walk the Lymm Heritage Trail. This 3½ mile walk includes Lymm Dam, the Dingle, the Bridgewater Canal, the Trans Pennine Trail and Slitten Gorge.

4k video of a walk on the Lymm Heritage Trail

Location and Getting There

Lymm Services lie at M6/M56 interchange. The village is two miles from here along the B5158.

There is no train station in Lymm. The closest station is Birchwood.

Lymm Railway Station closed in 1962. It was on the Warrington to Stockport Railway. The track now forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail, a long-distance path linking the North Sea and Irish Sea.

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