HatchmereOpen water swimming in the lake
ALERT! CHESHIRE WILDLIFE HAVE BANNED SWIMMING
Cheshire Wildlife Trust have closed Hatchmere lake to swimmers. We need people to get involved and fight for the continued right to swim in Hatchmere. The right to swim in the lake was assured years ago by the ‘Friends of Hatchmere’ group but our right to swim is again being challenged. Don’t let them get away with it! Help!
Hatchmere is a Nature Reserve but swimming is permitted in the designated swim zone.
Swimming is permitted at Hatchmere in a designated zone that is indicated by markers on the far bank. The swim area is V-shaped with the centre red and white post easily aimed for, the Southern and Northern posts are harder to spot and are obscured by vegetation in the Spring and Summer.
1. No Inflatables
No sunbeds, toys or other such novelty inflatables allowed however swimming aids such as arm bands and tow floats are permitted.
2. No Water Craft
No rigid or inflatable water craft allowed, so no type of canoe, dinghy or kayak allowed. No motorised craft allowed such as motorboat or jet ski. No radio controlled craft.
3. Swim In The Designated Swimzone
Swimming is permitted at Hatchmere in a designated zone that is indicated by markers on the far bank. The swim area is V-shaped with the red and white centre post easily aimed for, the Southern and Northern posts are harder to spot and are obscured by vegetation in the Spring and Summer.
Hatchmere Nature Reserve
Hatchmere comprises a variety of habitats, including open water, fen carr and dry woodland. Hatchmere nature reserve covers 12.6 hectares (31 acres). It lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and is managed by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
There were several campaigns to maintain public access to the lake after it was bought by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust in 1998. Initially the Trust fenced off the only access point to the lake suitable for swimmers. A pressure group, the Friends of Hatchmere, was formed, and eventually the Wildlife Trust backed down and agreed to allow swimming in the lake. Angling is also permitted on the lake under the membership of Prince Albert Angling Society and anglers have purpose-built platforms where they have to fish from which each requires a key provided by the society. Fish present in the lake include Beam, Tench, Pike, Roach as well as some breeds of Carp.
There is a drone video below that I found on YouTube. I have no association with the person that created this video.
Take a short circular walk around the mere.
There is a 2km walk around Hatchmere. Take a walk along this delightful trail and enjoy a variety of habitats shaped over thousands of years. Wet heathland, wet woodland, reed beds and drier deciduous woodland all connect together to provide habitats for specialist and rare species of plants and animals.
Hatchmere is home to many birds including the beautiful great crested grebe. Reed bunting and willow warbler also nest among the common reed and lesser reed mace that almost encircle the mere.
Up to 13 species of dragonflyand damsel fly having been recorded on the reserve, including the rare hairy dragon fly and the variable damsel fly. There are deep boggy pools hidden in the vegetation, so it is as well to keep to the path and watch where you put your feet, especially in the Winter months.
Why not print off a the map for the 2km walk around the mere via the button below. The ‘You Are Here’ indicator on the map is a point at the other side of the mere/lake to that where swimmers park but is a good point for aim for as there is off road parking available down Ashton Road.
Parking at Hatchmere lake
There is limited parking availability at Hatchmere. There is space for about 4 or 5 cars right next to the mere/lake. Please do not park inconsiderately or obstruct the local residents driveways and please do not park on the grassed areas. There is additional parking for some extra 5 or 6 cars if you drive around the mere. There is a car park right at the Carriers pub but this is for customers only so the best way to park would be to call in for something to eat or drink at the pub.
On those busy Summer days when the mere is very busy, you can find off road parking down Ashton Road, which is only a short walk from the swimming entry point – see the printable circular walk map above.