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.
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’.
Follow the path through the woodland on the eastern side of the lake. After ½ mile you will reach Crosfield Bridge.
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.
Walk across Crosfield Bridge and then take the path that runs along the western side of the lake.
After ¼ mile the path splits into two. Take 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.
St Mary’s Church can be seen across the water.
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.
The Dingle is a wooded area linking the dam to the village.
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.
Cross the road and walk up the hill. On the right you will see Lymm Cross.
You will then cross a bridge over the Bridgewater Canal.
After crossing the bridge, turn left into Dane Bank Road, and then immediately left into Lymm Bridge.
You will then come to the Bridgewater Canal.
Walk along the towpath for ¾ mile. Then take the path down 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.
Follow the Trans Pennine Trail for ¾ mile, crossing the junction with Whitbarrow Road.
Leave the Trans Pennine Trail when it reaches Lymmhay Lane. Walk up Lymmhay Lane to Dane Bank Road East.
Turn right and walk down Dane Bank Road East.
After 100 yards you will see the entrance to Slitten Gorge.
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.
You will soon come to a wooden footbridge. Cross it and walk up the steps to Whitbarrow Road.
Turn left on Whitbarrow Road and walk under the bridge.
You are now on Bridgewater Street in Lymm village. Lymm Fish and Chips (Lymm Chippy) is here and is highly recommended.
At the end of Bridgewater Street, cross the road and head back into 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.
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.
Passing St Mary’s Church takes you back to the car park and finish.