Flora and fauna – tales from the dark side
Jul25

Flora and fauna – tales from the dark side

You’ve probably noticed but this time of year is brilliant for moths. The best nights to see them are those still, warm overcast evenings full of the scents of summer.   A friend recently sent me a (rather dodgy) picture of one of these caterpillars he found up on the heather tops. It’s that of an Emperor moth, one of our largest and most dramatic, and only found amongst the heather which the caterpillar eats (amongst other things)....

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The Barn at the Inn
Jul18

The Barn at the Inn

This detached, 2-storey barn conversion is located on the hillside to the rear of the owners’ friendly country pub (The Printers Arms for you ale buffs) in a quiet hamlet. The impressive kitchen and living room offer comfort and style with contemporary furnishings, plus a cosy woodburner. Upstairs, the galleried bedroom is beautifully decorated with a large leather sleigh bed and countryside views. Outside, the enclosed patio garden...

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Hague Bar Allotments Open Day July 16th
Jul05

Hague Bar Allotments Open Day July 16th

Growing your own fruit and vegetables will be on show at the New Mills Allotment and Garden Society Open Day. Their allotments at Waterside Road , Hague Bar, (off the B6101) on the outskirts of the town, will be open to the public on Sunday July 16th, from 11 till 4pm with plot holders on hand to show off their growing skills and talk to would-be allotmenteers about their organic produce. The members will be showing how well produce...

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Flora and fauna  – Goosegrass and other regrets
Jun19

Flora and fauna – Goosegrass and other regrets

Flora and fauna – Goosegrass and other regrets REGRET 1 It will have been in the mid-60’s on a school geography field trip looking at flood plains on the Goyt in Stockport when I was first surprised by Himalayan balsam, its popping wriggling seedpods entertaining the whole class far more than any ox-bow lake. Oh dear and apologies to New Mills Balsam Bashers. I believe the stuff was used in cotton production way back when...

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The Clocking In House – Torr Vale Mill
Jun17

The Clocking In House – Torr Vale Mill

New Mills is blessed with some fantastic accommodation and over the coming weeks we will be featuring some on these pages – a full list can be found in the accommodation section on this web site. The Clocking In House is one of three superbly located cottages in converted outbuildings of the Grade II* listed, Torr Vale Mill on the leafy banks of the River Goyt. This historic and quirky cottage was where the mill workers would...

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Flora and fauna – Devils and other stories
Sep25

Flora and fauna – Devils and other stories

Checking out the field this evening I’ve just discovered this lovely patch of Devilsbit Scabious. A magnet for bees and butterflies it’s less common than its bruiser of a cousin the Field Scabious which you may have seen lining the roadsides of the Peak District in midsummer. Devilsbit (weird name eh) prefers damp spots and is a later flowered too; its more delicate, strappy leaves don’t have the deep...

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