WHILE National Heritage Open Days across the country have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, a special outdoor event is planned in Lymm between September 11th and 20th.
Many sites and buildings usually throw open their doors for free and lay on special one-off activities to raise awareness and enthuse people about heritage in their area.
This year, not surprisingly, the campaign has been hit hard and the events tally is lower than usual, with many of those events being online. But among the survivors is Lymm Heritage Centre.
The national theme is “Hidden Nature” –to encourage outdoor visits. At the Centre visitors will be able to pick up free walk sheets for ten different routes round the village and surrounding area, from 1 mile to 5 miles, taking in some of our notable heritage sites – including The Slitting Mill.
The mill certainly fills the bill for “hidden nature”. Set in a gorge just yards from the village centre it receives remarkably few visitors. The combination of scenery, the mill which has been specially cleaned up by a local team of volunteers and the incredible geology make it one of the star walks. Some of the walks include QR code links to videos related to the walk.
Heritage Open Days run from Sept 11-20. The Heritage Centre is open Thursday to Sunday 1pm -5pm every week.
Admission is free. At the Centre itself visitors will be able to see many exhibits and features that were added during lockdown including a brand new cutaway railway model of the building of the Manchester Ship Canal Don’t miss it.
More information at lymmhic.co.uk/hod