The art of living well in Lymm

PUBLISHED: 11:59 07 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:59 07 April 2014

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If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then a visit to the charming village of Lymm will revive you. With its idyllic setting in the heart of the Cheshire countryside it’s a perfect place to spend a day discovering the area’s history, heritage and, of course, shops. Perhaps it’s that mix of attractions which led to the Sunday Times recently naming it as one of the top places to live in the UK.

For a small place Lymm punches well above its weight, particularly when it comes to the range and quality of its independent shops, not forgetting the many cafes, restaurants and traditional hostelries. It’s real appeal is in the retailers’ attention to detail: a good example of that is Collect Art which specialises in selling Modern British Artists with an emphasis on the work of LS Lowry, Lawrence Isherwood and Theodore Major. The gallery at The Cross offers a free information service on its website and also free valuations with a range of exhibitions held throughout the year.

For those with an interest in history, the sought-after village of Lymm makes for a fascinating wander, its conservation area is a great place to start with its interesting and varied architecture. One of the landmarks is Lymm Cross - a perfect place to watch the world go by - which dates from the early to middle 17th Century with a major restoration in 1897; then there are the waterways created in the 1770s when the Duke of Bridgewater wanted to transport coal from Worsley and which became the forerunner of Manchester Ship Canal. The churches are also well worth a look.

The name Lymm actually refers to a place of running water, which dates to Celtic times. These days a popular place to spend a sunny day is at Lymm Dam , a 17-hectare site complete with lake, woodland, meadows and heritage trail. The lake was built in 1824 and nowadays the area acts as a buffer to the nearby towns of Warrington and Altrincham. Teeming with wildlife, it attracts walkers, birders, anglers, horse riders and those just wanting a peaceful place to relax and have a picnic during the summer months.

Within just a few miles of the M6 and M56, Lymm is a quiet village which is much sought after by people who commute to the nearby cities, including many actors, authors and celebrities. With about 12,000 residents, the locals are well served with restaurants and hotels right on their doorstep, including award-winning The Church Green run by chef Aiden Byrne who is a regular on several TV food shows. There’s also a range of well-supported societies including sporting clubs and the village even boasts its own golf course.

It’s a thriving community which prides itself on its popular festivals throughout the year. June is a big month for the village when the Lymm Festival is held with its range of events for all the family. The festival begins on June 19 with a Street Fun and Foodfest event and then over the next 10 days attractions include an evening with author and radio celebrity Stuart Maconie; an open gardens event on the 22nd and lots of swing, 60s and jive dance events. Again this year, there will be a Historic Transport Day which attracted more than 3,000 visitors to the village in 2013. This year’s event on June 29th will include cars, bikes and motorbikes alongside vintage bi-planes and Victorian prams.

Food, art, history and lovely countryside, Lymm has it all.

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