New Mills Walkers are Welcome Newsletter

Newsletter 3 – Winter 2015

Year Review 2015

It’s been a while since our last newsletter and we’ve achieved quite a lot in the interim.

We have completed around 90 footpath surveys since the project began about 20 months ago. This means we are close to half way through surveying our local paths, and if we keep this up we will finish the first round 18 months ahead of schedule.

We have a small group of dedicated surveyors who operate in pairs. We are trained by DCC Countryside Service Rangers to their standard, using their paperwork which we then feed into the county’s system. In turn this helps the Ranger Service determine their work schedule.

Given the financial pressure that the Rangers are under, I am assured that our assistance in this is invaluable.

We took the assistance one step further in the Autumn with two work parties that set to clearing a footpath of sedge grass and bracken as well as repairing a stile in Rowarth. Under the supervision of Sarah, our local Ranger contact, both tasks were completed in a couple of mornings. The work went quickly and with great good humour.  Look out for more work parties in 2016 as these two were so successful we will be holding more come Spring.

We attended the national get-together of the Walkers are Welcome Network, held in Whitchurch, Shropshire – a most interesting event which gave us the opportunity to look at how other WaW groups set about their own challenges.

And leaflet 3 – the Nesbit Trail Leaflet – has been very well received. Leaflet 1 (Goytside Meadow) has had to be reprinted, it proved so popular.

Looking Forward to 2016

We continue with the programme of footpath surveys.  If you want training up so that you can join in, please contact Mike Daniels to add your name to the short waiting list. As soon as we have enough names, we’ll organise another training session – it takes about two hours at most and that is done largely in the field.

The Work Parties will start up again in Spring. Let Jeanne Daniels or Mike Daniels know if you are interested and we’ll add your name to the Work Party Mailing List.

We have developed a stimulating Programme of Walks for 2016. We’ve tried to ensure that there is a walk to suit all levels of fitness and interests in the programme. Some walks require the use of public transport – take a bus or train to a location and walk back to New Mills. Some walks are short evening walks designed for families. The walks themselves are free – though donations are welcome and will allow us o develop more leaflets, which tends to be our largest expense. (See Below)

We are collaborating with Spring Bank Arts, New Mills Town Hall and New Mills Heritage and Information Centre to develop a guided tour which will include tours of these buildings. Dave Dunford will lead the walk and his knowledge of local listed buildings will greatly add to the interest.

If you want to come along to one of our meetings, please do – they are open to everyone. The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday 1st of February in New Mills Town Hall.

New Mills Walkers are Welcome Walks Programme 2016 (Provisional)

Date                                     Walk                                         Leader                                     Notes

Fri, 1st Jan              New Year Social Walk                     Jeanne                            11.00, Heritage and Information Centre

Sun, 17th April         Nesbit Walk                                     Ian

Mon, 2nd May          Town Buildings Walk,                   Dave                                Visiting NMHIC, High Lea, NMTH, SBA

Sat, 7th May           Whaley Bridge Canal Walk

Sun, 22nd May           Monk’s Road                                                                              Bus out, walk back

Sat, 4th June             Marple Locks                                                                               Train out, Walk back – canal walk

Wed, 8th June          Goytside Meadows                         Jeanne, Mike                         Evening walk

Sun, 19th June         Aspenshawe Hall                                                                          circular

Wed, 22nd June     Sett Valley Trail                                                                         Bus out, evening walk

Sat, 2nd July             Edale                                             Ian                                        Train out, walk back

Sun, 17th July          Middlewood                                 Andy,Jeanne                          Train out, walk back

Tues, 26th July         Mousley Bottom, Reed Beds, Martin’s Wood

                                                                                        Jeanne, Mike                         evening circular

Sat, 30th July         Long Hill                                                                                         Bus out, walk back

Sun, 14th Aug       Big Stone, Bugsworth Basin                                                            Lunch @Navigation,

                                                                                                                                            start Hare and Hounds

Wed, 17th Aug      Lost Pubs of NM                          Mike                                           Guided Tour

Sat, 27th Aug      Marple Bridge via Linnet Clough

                                                                                     Jeanne, Mike                               Train back

Tues, 30th Aug         Waterside Walk                        Jeanne, Mike                                Evening Circular

Sun, 11th Sept           Ollersett Moor,                                                                             Start Hare and Hounds

Thurs, 15th Sept    Bridges of New Mills                 Mike                                            NMWaW Festival Walk

Sat, 24th Sept Lantern Parade***

Sun, 9th Oct          Places of Worship in NM            Mike                                             Guided Tour

*** organised by NM Festival Committee, not a WaW event

More detail about each walk will be available closer to the event – to include start time and location,

estimated distance and difficulty.

We will circulate the information to our mailing list, as with our newsletter. Additionally, a poster

about each walk will be displayed in New Mills Heritage and Information Centre.

Any questions can be addressed to Mike Daniels through New Mills Heritage and Information Centre.


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