An all embracing term used to describe the various flashes in the area to the west and south of Sandbach, and north of Crewe. These started forming in the 1930's after land subsidence following brine extraction. All flashes are now privately owned and there is no public access. However, most are watchable from public roads and tracks. Most of the flashes area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). There are currently around fourteen flashes, but the most important are:
Elton Hall Flash - SJ727596
In two parts, with the River Wheelock flowing through the well-vegetated part, and very little vegetation on the salt pan.
Maw Green Tip - SJ717577
Not strictly in the flashes’ area but inextricably linked for gulls and corvids. It has been greatly expanded and now butts right up to Railway Flash and Groby Flash. Just north of Crewe.
The Moat - SJ730613
(previously known as Foden’s Flash)
Includes a large bed of bulrushes and the wood around and behind the flash.