I went for a walk by the local river the other day. The leaves were tenaciously clinging to many of the trees and there was still a lot of Autumn colour. The river, which is more of a stream in places, runs through the Loxley Valley before joining the River Rivelin and, further on, the River Don. There are several weirs, evidence of the former mill workings and mill ponds. The calm waters of these ponds are popular places for fishing. It's where our grandson and his cousin often go fishing in the summer. Damflask Reservoir has an outlet that runs into the river at the Bradfield Dale end. There are some good paths and quiet lanes that just go down to the river and along the banks so it's a pleasant place to take a walk.