Land­marks and sun

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS DOGFATHER -

A COM­MU­NITY-OWNED hy­dro-elec­tric scheme, based on the en­gi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples of an Archimedean screw, was one of sev­eral scenic sur­prises await­ing 10 walk­ers from East Cheshire Ram­blers on their lat­est out­ing.

Lo­cated in the Torrs River­side Park near the confluence of the River Goyt and the River Sett, it was in­stalled six years ago to gen­er­ate power for a lo­cal Co-op su­per­mar­ket, since when it has gen­er­ated an av­er­age 260,000 kW of elec­tric­ity a year.

The walk­ers set off from New Mills on their nine-and-a-half-mile walk, led by He­len Richard­son, and left the Torrs to follow the Peak For­est Canal to­wards Fur­ness Vale.

They as­cended Kiln Knoll, be­fore go­ing on to join the Grit­stone Trail and make their way to the Na­tional Trust es­tate at Lyme Park.

After lunch they headed north past the Cage, a for­mer hunt­ing lodge sub­se­quently used to im­prison poach­ers, where a large herd of red deer, many of them re­splen­dent in their antlers, was spot­ted in the val­ley be­low.

By now the over­cast skies had given way to sunny in­ter­vals and the route con­tin­ued along­side Dis­ley golf course, open­ing up fine views of the dis­tant Kinder plateau as the group trekked down­hill through wood­land to Hague Barr.

The walk re-en­tered the Torrs us­ing the Mil­len­nium Way – another spec­tac­u­lar land­mark which snakes high above the Goyt on stilts bolted to the sheer cliff face – to fin­ish with a short stretch along the river past the re­mains of old cot­ton mills, a re­minder of New Mills’ in­dus­trial her­itage.

For more in­for­ma­tion on East Cheshire Ram­blers, visit ram­blers eastcheshire.org.uk. ●● DOG trainer Vic Bar­low, says dis­ci­pline is the way for­ward and it’s best to start early... OVER the sum­mer I’ve dealt with the be­hav­iour is­sues of almost 100 dogs.

Some were easy to rec­tify, oth­ers not so easy, and a few will take months of stren­u­ous com­mit­ment.

In ev­ery sin­gle case the prob­lems could have been avoided with early train­ing.

It’s rare I meet a strong leader with a trained dog ex­pe­ri­enc­ing be­hav­iour is­sues.

It’s not un­usual for own­ers to spend a cou­ple of hours a day ex­er­cis­ing their dogs when half that time spent train­ing would pro­duce such enor­mous im­prove­ments.

If your dog pulls on the lead or re­fuses to come when called, he isn’t go­ing to change that be­hav­iour un­less some­one trains him to.

He won’t learn it on his own (in all like­li­hood he doesn’t know it’s wrong).

Pre­vent­ing be­hav­iour prob­lems is far eas­ier than cur­ing them, partly due to the habits of the owner.

If you tol­er­ate your dog pulling on the lead he will as­sume you are happy to be a fol­lower and treat you ac­cord­ingly.

Pulling is harder to cure once it be­comes an es­tab­lished prac­tice.

Far bet­ter to get it right from the start – not only will it be eas­ier to walk your dog, but it sets the re­la­tion­ship with you as leader.

Once your dog recog­nises your lead­er­ship he’ll be more likely to come when called rather than ig­nore you.

All dog be­hav­iour is in­ter-re­lated – a dog that doesn’t lis­ten when walk­ing at your feet isn’t likely to do so sniff­ing in the bushes 50 yards away.

The sooner you com­mence train­ing, the eas­ier the task.

Just like with chil­dren, good man­ners, re­spect and calm be­hav­iour are the ba­sic foun­da­tions.

Of course you can re­train an un­ruly adult dog (I do it ev­ery day), but it’s so much eas­ier to start with a young puppy.

For help, join one of Vic’s au­tumn classes - visit vicbar­low.com or text 07590 560012.

●● The hy­dro-elec­tric scheme lo­cated at the confluence of the Goyt and the Sett

●● Mer­lin, a well-trained dog, with his owner El­iz­a­beth

●● The Cage in Lyme Park

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