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Why you should move to Lymm

PUBLISHED: 23:24 14 November 2009 | UPDATED: 13:34 20 December 2014

Narrowboat passing bridgewater House on the Shropshire Union Canal at Lymm

Narrowboat passing bridgewater House on the Shropshire Union Canal at Lymm

© Alan Novelli 2006; No reproduction of this Image is allowed without prior permission of the photographer.

COMMUNITY is the name of the game in Lymm.

A bustling little centre, Lymm is a pretty and historic village with an ancient market cross. Any homebuyer passing through could not be blamed for being lured by its charms despite recent plans to remove cobbles from its streets.

Matthew Corbett, of The Sooty Show fame, as featured in last month's Cheshire Life, instantly fell in love with Lymm when he visited during a tour with the act. He now owns a stunning property at the water's edge. Former Coronation Street actor, Chris Bisson, and footballing legend Bobby Charlton have also called Lymm home.

It is a popular commuter spot for several major towns and cities. Warrington is within easy reach as well as other parts of Cheshire, Manchester and South Lancashire as the town lies near to the crossing of both the M6 and M56 motorways.

A water theme flows through the village as the Bridgewater Canal passes through it and Lymm Dam is a hot spot for people to kick back and relax in peaceful surroundings.

But if you are bursting for things to do there is plenty to keep you and the family entertained including the annual Lymm Festival, which has become a mainstay in the village's social calendar. There is everything from classical to cabaret as well as art, drama, comedy, photography and storytelling.

There are also numerous clubs to join including a floral art group, a railway folk club and a gardening club to name just a few and for fitness enthusiasts the Lymm 5km Road Race is popular. When you add all this together it is understandable that house prices in Lymm sit well above the national average. New homes are springing up with various developments coming onto the market. But there is also a good choice of resale homes to choose from, including some with a little history.

Many of the homes require a decent budget. However, for those having to watch the pennies but still long for a home in Lymm, and let's face it who wouldn't, there are shared ownership schemes for the taking. Leg it over to Lymm because it has lots for everyone, whether you are a young couple, single, or a family. I'll race you.

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Ups: Pretty village, lots to do, friendly place and easy access to lots of other places for weekends away

Downs: You may be jostling with tourists for a parking spot in the busy summer months. Public transport is not ideal.

Schools: Ravenbank Community Primary School, 01925 753926; Cherry Tree Primary School, 01925 755885; Lymm High School, 01925 755458; Oughtrington Community Primary School, 01925 752086

Transport: Bus services run hourly between Warrington and Altrincham via Lymm. The nearest train station is more than three miles away but Manchester International Airport is less than ten miles.

Commuting: An ideal situation for commuters. Easy access to the M56 and M6 motorways to reach the rest of Cheshire, Manchester and parts of Lancashire.

Shops: Good selection from gifts shops, stores to offer help with interior design to a charity shop where you will hopefully find a bargain.

Restaurants/bars: Plenty of pubs to choose from. Quiz lovers will enjoy the quiz night at the Saracen's Head on a Tuesday or a selection of home cooked fayre from a number of the village's pubs. For a night out at a restaurant there is cuisine from around the world including Cantonese, Indian and Turkish.

Weekend fun: There are lots of local clubs to join, beautiful walks or cycle rides down the canal and lots of organised local events to take a look at. There are also plenty of places to visit around the village if you want to get out for the day.

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