Landmarks and sun
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