Lymefield and Broad Mills Heritage Trail


0.5 miles long

Broadbottom #Tameside

Broad Mills Pond cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Gerald England - geograph.org.uk/p/905617 – cropped from original

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The Lymefield and Broad Mills Heritage Trail is a 0.5-mile/0.8-km walk along flat surfaced paths, discovering the fascination history of this once thriving mill complex in Broadbottom.

As you walk around this area today, it is hard to imagine that only 200 years ago you would have been surrounded by one of the largest textile mills in the area. With the closing and demolition of the mills, industry has given way to nature.

Accessibility and facilities

According to the leaflet, much of the area is wheelchair and buggy-friendly and the area is an excellent place for youngsters to get close to nature.

The Lymefield visitors centre mentioned in the leaflet has now been replaced by the Lymefield Outdoor Learning Centre. This incorporates the Lymefield Arts and Crafts Centre, which organises regular craft and nature events. While there is no public toilet on the walk route, the Lymefield Garden Centre, open seven days a week, is close by with a café and toilets for customers. There are also pubs and other services in Broadbottom.

How to get there

The start point named in the leaflet (the visitor centre) is now the Lymefield Arts and Crafts Centre, and is given as the main start point on this page. This is only a short walk from Broadbottom train station, which according to National Rail, does not offer full step-free access, however.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link(s) on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode(s) shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

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