There are two paths that take you on the mile or so circular route around the lake here, one of which is wheelchair-friendly. We opted for the other one, which was perfectly easy going with two toddlers. If we’d had a pram, bar a few steps, I still think it would have been fine.
As you walk, there are various diversions to keep the children happy. There are fishing platforms jutting out that they can climb down to (under strict supervision) and throw sticks into the water. The path winds through some attractive beech woodland to the Wishing Bridge, a small hump-backed stone bridge under which the water rushes into the main lake – the children were fascinated by the two different water levels on either side.
A little further on is another, smaller bridge, over the drain – this sluice is made of cement and with wellies on, the boys were able to walk down and paddle at the edge of the water. We continued on, finding a couple of rope swings, and just as Max began to complain of being tired we reached the church, situated close to the road where we had parked. Before we reached the road, however, we came across a sort of rocky out-crop. Formed millions of years ago, this significant geological feature known as the ‘bluff ’ provided the most fun, as the boys clambered up and down the red sandstone. It was far and away their favourite part of the walk.
With plenty of benches and some picnic tables dotted all the way around, as well as the buggy-friendly path, Lymm Dam made for a really pleasant, easy walk. And, if you want to treat yourself to lunch, the award winning Church Green restaurant is less than a five minute walk away (see page 132).
Lymm Dam, south of Lymm village on the A56,
Lymm, Cheshire WA13 9NJ warrington.gov.uk