AN area that was marked on an 1897 map
of Nantwich as "Liable to floods" has become a
pleasant area in recent years. It was created as Nantwich Lake in
1975 - clearly an obvious use for the area.
The lake is at the southern
end of the Nantwich Riverside Project which enhanced areas along the River Weaver. With the advent of
Cheshire East Council in 2009, the
project was phased out for financial reasons, but a new body called
Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC has stepped in to fill the gap.
One of the last jobs
carried out by the Project was to create a footpath all round the
lake. At one point,
the path runs between the lake and the River
Weaver as it flows south past the lake. Several
picnic tables were put up along the path.
This page was first added
to the website in 2008, one of those years with a poor summer, weatherwise. Pictures from that time were cloudy and grey.
lakeside pictures were taken in a sunnier June 2010.
If you visit the Lake at
the moment (April 2015) you will find that you cannot park on the
Lakeside car park. A £3.5million scheme to run pipes under, and
over, the river has been delayed until August. It should have
finished last winter (2014/15) but
Severn Trent Water found that the bridge needed some attention.
They decided to do the work now rather than come back later.
There is, however, an
alternative car park a few yards along Shrewbridge Road, from the
road junction by the entrance to the Lake heading towards the town
centre - but not as far as that!.
UPDATE (September 2017) : After
what seemed an eternity the work was completed, restoring the car
park to be used by visitors to the lake.