Sunday, 9 December 2012

December Walk - Lymm Dam

Our Christmas Ramble this years was a 4 mile circular around Lymm Dam and the surrounding area. 10 of us assembled on a sunny Saturday morning to partake in this gentle stroll through the Cheshire countryside before the main event of the day - Christmas Lunch!

The first part of the walk took us around the dam which was built in the early 19th century when a toll bridge was needed on what is now the A56 through Lymm. Over the years it has had several owners but the dam and surrounding woodland is now in the care of the Council. Apart from the walk there are lots of interesting things to discover and see - birds , ancient trees, rock outcrops and excellent fishing. 

After completing the circle around the dam we followed the stream through the Dingle until we reached  the town centre of Lymm. As it is Christmas time a Dickensian street market was in progress with outdoor stalls, roast chestnuts and locals dressed in 19th century costume.
We now joined the Bridgewater canal and followed the towpath for about a mile before returning across fields to our start point at the Lymm Dam car park. A short, gentle walk but full of interest and well worth the visit. Just enough exercise to give us an appetite for our Christmas lunch. This year it was held at the 'Home' in Little Bollington where we enjoyed an excellent meal and an enjoyable social occasion. After the meal we held the 'Annual General Meeting'  and filled the rota for the walk leaders in 2013.  A list will be published in the near future. Thanks go to Judith and Mike for organising the lunch.

Car Park Lymm Dam

Sandstone Outcrop

Lymm dam

At the head of the Dam

Wood carving

Lymm Christmas Market

Towpath - Bridgewater Canal

Reflections Bridgewater Canal

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