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Sandbach Flashes Cheshire

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The 'Salt Pan', one of several lakes (flashes) that have formed due to subsidence caused by salt mining. Despite being inland the water is brackish and the vegetation salt tolerant in places. Excellent for waders.
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Paul Swinhoe
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The 'Salt Pan', one of several lakes (flashes) that have formed due to subsidence caused by salt mining. Despite being inland the water is brackish and the vegetation salt tolerant in places. Excellent for waders.

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Site Details

An area consisting of eleven flashes, a canal towpath and wooded areas. Main watched areas are Elton Hall Flash (including Salt Pan), Pumphouse Flash, Watch Lane Flash and Fodens Flash. The majority of flashes were formed due to subsidence from salt mining. It is located approx. 2 miles west of Sandbach. Five of the flashes are owned by fishing societies and the rest are owned by farmers. The Salt Pan is a good area all-year round but especially for wader passage in spring and autumn.

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Directions

From junction 17 of the M6 head towards Crewe on the A534. After about 4 miles there is a turning signposted to Lakemore Country Park on the right; take this then carry on for about 2 miles under a railway bridge and you will arrive at Pumphouse Flash on your left, with Elton Hall and the Salt Pan further up on the right.

Access

Most areas are viewable from roads and public footpaths but are not accessible.

Parking

Parking is available on the roadside grass verges.

Key Areas / Routes

Elton Hall Flash (as above); Pumphouse Flash (as above); Watch Lane Flash - past Elton Hall to crossroads then turn right and after half a mile turn left to reach the Flash; Fodens Flash - carry on past Watch Lane, take first right then left before you reach the bridge;

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