Trek met spectacular path and rare moth
PETER CUMMINS, WALK LEADER
THE Millennium Walkway – a spectacular, cantilevered path towering over the River Goyt as it winds through The Torrs gorge at New Mills, Derbyshire, with a railway high above – was just one of the surprises in store for 11 East Cheshire Ramblers on a recent 9.5-mile circular walk.
Starting from the nearby village of Hague Bar, the party went by Mouseley Bottom Nature Reserve and followed the river to reach the walkway where noticeboards detail some of the industrial history of the area, which was dominated by two mills.
A more modern innovation is an Archimedes screw which was set up to generate electricity for the locality, although sadly it was not working at the time of the visit. The way then led along the Sett Valley Trail using the track bed of a disused railway line towards Hayfield.
At Birch Vale the walkers joined the Pennine Bridleway with a long climb to the shoulder of Lantern Pike, where four of them diverted to go over the 1,224ft summit before rejoining the rest of the group to follow field paths towards Rowarth.
On the way they passed the 17th century Children’s Inn, which was subsequently converted to provide holidays for youngsters, particularly Girl Guides.
On this section a caterpillar was spotted, which was identified by one of the party as that of the rare white ermine moth.
Although the sky clouded over, it stayed sufficiently clear and dry to reveal magnificent views of the Kinder plateau as the route went south and then through New Mills golf course (but only after a bell had been rung to warn of the walkers’ presence) before heading down a stony byway back to the starting point.
For full details of East Cheshire Ramblers’ autumn/winter programme go to ramblerseastcheshire. org.uk.
The East Cheshire Ramblers in The Torrs gorge and the white ermine moth they found on their travels (inset)