Trek met spec­tac­u­lar path and rare moth

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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)

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