27 Aug 2012

The Rivelin Valley Nature Trail

We live close to the Derbyshire border and fairly near to two of the five rivers
in the area where they converge at Malin Bridge.
These rivers and streams with their fast flowing water
from the surrounding peaty moorland heights
were ideal for powering the wheels of up to twenty mills
along their courses.  One of the most famous was
Mousehole Forge at Malin Bridge which
produced anvils that were exported worldwide.

Malin Bridge Corn Mill is a listed building that
has had a new lease of life after a period of decline
by being converted into apartments.
The water wheel is now just a show piece.

A plaque marks the site where this mill (using a tilt hammer) stood.
There are several conservation groups in these valleys
who work to preserve and record the heritage of this industrial past
and encourage the effective management of the wildlife habitats
in the area.  Many of the 20 mills and forges no longer exist,
but the artificially created ponds which used to feed them do.
The area around the dam nearest to Malin Bridge was upgraded
for recreational use with bench seating and this is the pond
we have been coming to in the Rivelin Valley. 

Below the pond is the river and I go and explore.

I hear rustling behind a tree.  The squirrel freezes and I stay still
as I take the photo before it scampers off. 

I walk along the path by the pond and cross a stone walkway
at the head of the dam.

Which path do I choose?  The right one continues along the river bank
and the left one leads to the road.

In fact, a walk (or drive) along the Rivelin Valley Road
is a pleasant one.  Once a cart track it's now a main road
that leads out to the Derbyshire Reservoirs and the Snake Pass
route to Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.
The Rivelin Valley still runs through farmland and for 5 kms
it's lined by an avenue of lime trees.

I pass a stone bridge which leads to another village.
 The Holly Bush Inn is close by the bridge on the far bank.

I rejoin the river side by another bridge where there's a cafe 
and children's play area.

I pass another weir before walking through the woods
back to the pond. It's a good circular, short walk.

We usually sit near this tree and just around the bend in the path
 I know Mr. P and grandson will be there hoping for some action!

An old timer, Ebenezer Elliott, wrote some verse....

Beautiful river! goldenly shining, 
Where, with the cistus, woodbines are twining,
Birklands around thee, mountains above thee,
 Rivelin wildest! Do I not love thee


  1. what a fantastic walk you had, and so did we... enjoyed every bend and turn, road side and river side. and i like the name mousehole...

  2. What a lovely walk! Thank you for taking us along with such enchanting pictures, great text, and poetry!

  3. That really makes me want to visit your beautiful area.

  4. Your part of the world is an area of the UK we still need to explore, maybe one day. Until then I will continue to enjoy virtual travel with your lovely photos and descriptions.

  5. Lovely! Are you near York? Next year we hope to visit England and I want to have tea at Betty's in York. Have a good week.

  6. How lovely! I do enjoy your trips through the English countryside. Brings back a lot of happy memories.

  7. the storm passed us by and is pulling away fast, we got rain and a little wind but nothing bad. and that silly madsnapper person put the new post on for tomorrow on auto post and forgot to change the date.... phooey

  8. Breathtaking! I cannot imagine walking through such beauty on a daily basis. Those twisty trees are fascinating to me. Thank you for sharing this with us.


  9. Ms Linda, you live in a very beautiful environment! I envy you coz in our place, only pollution and cemented pavement are seen whereas you have the two rivers, lush trees and colorful bushes and flowers everywhere!

    Those are lovely shots too. It must be so serene to be living there. Enjoy the peace :)