21st June 2017 – Lymm Dam Geology Walk

Fred Owen will lead this walk on Wednesday 21st June – the longest day. Those coming should meet at Lymm Dam car park on Crouchley Lane (GR: SJ 683867; satnav postcode: WA13 0AS) at 18.15 for a prompt 18.30 pm start. Going along the A56 from Knutsford to Lymm, Crouchley Lane is a turning off to the left less than 100 metres before Lymm Church – the car park is about 50 metres from the main road off the right of the lane, and parking is free.

A few points (in no particular order):

  • There are no toilets after leaving the car park
  • Please be aware that the walk may not be suitable for those with impaired mobility
  • Participants take part at their own risk
  • Wear walking shoes and clothes suitable for the forecast weather – but don’t worry if the weather is bad – there is a Plan B – see below!
  • Insect repellent is highly recommended

Those eating afterwards must be at the Spread Eagle by 20.30. Google says that it is half a mile to the pub from the car park (where it is suggested you leave your car as parking in Lymm centre is not easy), and takes 9 minutes on foot – this is possibly a tad optimistic, but it should be less than 15 minutes. There are around 20 diners so:

  • Those eating MUST pre-order dishes direct with the Spread Eagle (tell them you are with the Fred Owen’s group)
  • Menu at http://www.spreadeaglelymm.co.uk/eat/
  • Contact the Spread Eagle using the phone, email details, or contact form, which can be found on the web-site
  • Pay individually on the night for drinks and food
  • Most importantly: REMEMBER WHAT YOU ORDERED!

As to the actual walk itself, it is about 2 miles in length, mostly on flat paths round the lake, with some short, steep bits up and some steep steps down. It is a relaxing evening walk with some geology and industrial history (based on salt) thrown in. The main geology is the underlying desert sandstone which has been carved out by glacial ice flowing south from the Lake District and N Irish Sea to form the valley occupied by the Dam. Most interesting are the glacial melt water channels and scallops carved into the sandstone outcrops near the dam. Fred will discuss their interpretation and how they were formed, and will highlight the extremes of climate in the same spot (hopefully not on the night though!).

Plan B…. in case of bad weather, no cancellation!

  • Fred has arranged for us to meet in the Snug in the Spread Eagle
  • He will give a presentation on the ‘Landscape of Cheshire’ or other geological topic of interest
  • We will dine as though we had walked (i.e. at 20.30)
  • Please honour your order or cancel in advance with the pub

If you decide to drop out, phone or email Fred (Fred’s contact details will be, or will already have been, emailed to all participants)


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