Walks from the Door latest update
Mar06

Walks from the Door latest update

Things are understandably quiet here at Walks from the Door, so I was delighted to receive a local commission that I could work on over the Christmas break while complying with the restrictions in place at the time.As a local I’m extremely familiar with this area, so I’ve been able to pick three thoroughly tried and tested routes of varying distances from New Mills Golf Club. The course is superbly situated in the hills...

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Flora and fauna – the Scarlet Elf cup
Feb24

Flora and fauna – the Scarlet Elf cup

It’s starting to feel more like Spring, but there are still not many flowers out yet. One brightly coloured fungus that does offer a cheery dash of colour at the moment though is the scarlet elf cup.  If you’re taking a walk along the Sett Valley trail or Mousley Bottom, look into the wooded edges, and you will soon pick out its bright shiny red shape. It usually grows in clusters, so once you see one, you’ll see more. It’s not...

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Flora and fauna – the Pixie Cup
Feb15

Flora and fauna – the Pixie Cup

Who would have thought that literally hours after the coldest weekend for many years today you would be walking in lovely Spring sunshine admiring everything that mother nature has to show. If you look closely (very closely) at the miles of dry stone walls in and around New Mills you will find what is often referred to as a Pixie Cup in amonst the mosses and lichens. It is itself part of the lichen family with many varieties of...

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Flora and fauna – Gorse
Jan19

Flora and fauna – Gorse

Bringing some much needed colour to the New Mills countryside, gorse with its acid yellow flowers and prickly green spikes is really welcome in the depths of winter. These pictures are from the bridleway leading up to Lantern Pike – but gorse is common all over the area. There are different varieties (common and western gorse) and between them they flower practically all year round which may explain an old saying: ‘When gorse is...

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Kinder Mountain Rescue Team call out on Christmas Day
Jan06

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team call out on Christmas Day

Here’s a video from the Christmas day rescue. A lady had slipped on the ice and fractured her hip. They requested help from a Coastguard helicopter, but the weather conditions turned out to be too bad for it to get in to the casualty site. So it turned in to a mini epic stretcher evacuation in the snow. Rescuing someone when they really need help feels like the best way of celebrating Christmas. They still managed to get home in...

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