Walk Around Lymm and Lymm Dam

This easy walk around Lymm in Cheshire is just 3.6 miles long. It includes sights such as Lymm Dam, Lymm village, Lymm Cross, the Bridgewater Canal, and Slitten Gorge.

The walk starts at the Lymm Dam Car Park. This is located on Crouchley Lane, just east of the dam and next to St Mary’s Church. The car park postcode is WA13 0AS. Parking was free at the time of our visit.

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Lymm Dam Car Park, Crouchley Lane
Lymm Dam Car Park, Crouchley Lane

From the car park, head to the park entrance. There is a board here giving information about the history of the park plus a map of this route. Follow the path marked ‘Crosfield Bridge’.

Entrance to Lymm Dam park
Park entrance

Follow the path through the woodland on the eastern side of the lake. After ½ mile you will reach Crosfield Bridge.

Path on eastern side of the lake at Lymm Dam, Cheshire
Path on eastern side of the lake

Crosfield Bridge was built just after World War I by industrialist William Lever. It was intended to serve a housing development to be built for his workers. The housing was never built.

Crosfield Bridge
Crosfield Bridge

Walk across Crosfield Bridge and then take the path that runs along the western side of the lake.

Entrance to path on western side of the lake
Entrance to path on western side of the lake
Path on western side of the lake
Path on western side of the lake

After ¼ mile the path splits into two. Take the ‘Waterside Path’.

Waterside walking path, Lymm Dam
Go down the steps for the ‘Waterside Path’

Walking along the path you will see Lymm Dam. The dam was built in the early 19th century for a road crossing the valley here. The road is now the A56.

View of Lymm Dam
View of Lymm Dam

St Mary’s Church can be seen across the water.

Lake and St Mary's Church, Lymm
Lake and St Mary’s Church
Lymm Dam
Lymm Dam

Continue along the path and you will come to the A56. Cross the road and go through the arch marked ‘Village Centre’. Walk down the steps into The Dingle.

A56 road
Path meets A56
Entrance to The Dingle
Entrance to The Dingle

The Dingle is a wooded area linking the dam to the village.

Steps to The Dingle
Steps down to The Dingle

Follow the path through The Dingle. After 350 yards you will come to Lymm village. As you enter the village, you will see another dam (Lower Dam). Just across the water there is display housing a fossil footprint of a dinosaur. It was discovered in a local quarry in the 19th century and has been on show here since the 1960s.

Lower Dam, Lymm
Lower Dam, Lymm village
Dinosaur footprint fossil, Lymm, Cheshire
Dinosaur footprint

Cross the road and walk up the hill. On the right you will see Lymm Cross.

Lymm Cross
Lymm Cross

You will then cross a bridge over the Bridgewater Canal.

Bridge over Bridgewater Canal
Bridge over Bridgewater Canal

After crossing the bridge, turn left into Dane Bank Road, and then immediately left into Lymm Bridge.

Dane Bank Road
Dane Bank Road
Lymm Bridge, Lymm
Lymm Bridge

You will then come to the Bridgewater Canal.

Bridgewater Canal, Lymm

Walk along the towpath for ¾ mile. Then take the path down to Barsbank Lane.

Path to Barrsbank Lane, Lymm
Path to Barsbank Lane

Walk north along Barsbank Lane for 100 yards. You will then come to the Trans Pennine Trail. Turn right onto the trail.

Barrsbank Lane, Lymm
Barrsbank Lane
Entrance to Trans Pennine Trail
Entrance to Trans Pennine Trail

Follow the Trans Pennine Trail for ¾ mile, crossing the junction with Whitbarrow Road.

Ranger Service office, Trans Pennine Trail
Ranger Service office, Trans Pennine Trail

Leave the Trans Pennine Trail when it reaches Lymmhay Lane. Walk up Lymmhay Lane to Dane Bank Road East.

Trans Pennine Trail meets Lymmhay Lane
Trans Pennine Trail meets Lymmhay Lane
Lymmhay Lane
Lymmhay Lane

Turn right and walk down Dane Bank Road East.

Dane Bank Road East, Lymm
Dane Bank Road East

After 100 yards you will see the entrance to Slitten Gorge.

Entrance to Slitten Gorge
Entrance to Slitten Gorge on the left

Walk along the path through Slitten Gorge. You will soon see the remains of Lymm Slitting Mill. This watermill operated in the 18th and 19th centuries. Iron bars were cut into strips here for making nails.

Lymm Slitting Mill, Slitten Gorge
Lymm Slitting Mill

You will soon come to a wooden footbridge. Cross it and walk up the steps to Whitbarrow Road.

Footbridge, Slitten Gorge
Footbridge, Slitten Gorge

Turn left on Whitbarrow Road and walk under the bridge.

Whitbarrow Road, Lymm
Whitbarrow Road

You are now on Bridgewater Street in Lymm village. Lymm Fish and Chips (Lymm Chippy) is here and is highly recommended.

Lymm Fish and Chips, Bridgewater Street, Lymm Chippy
Lymm Fish and Chips, Bridgewater Street

At the end of Bridgewater Street, cross the road and head back into The Dingle.

Entrance to The Dingle
Entrance to The Dingle

Walk up the steps and turn left onto the A56. You are now on Lymm Dam. There is usually a van here selling drinks and snacks.

Steps from The Dingle to A56
Steps from The Dingle to A56
A56, Lymm Dam
A56, Lymm Dam
Park entrance
Park entrance

Walk to the end of the dam and then enter the park.

Walk along the path. After around 200 yards take the path up to St Mary’s Church.

Path to St Mary's Church
Path to St Mary’s Church
St Mary's Church
St Mary’s Church
Path to car park
Path to car park

Passing St Mary’s Church takes you back to the car park and finish.

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Walk Information

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.6 miles

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