Geo-Trips :: Exploring the water mills of the Loxley valley

Stacey Bank

A walk from Malin Bridge tram terminus, Thu, 5 Apr 2012 by Rudi Winter

preceding legThis trip is part of a series.

A group of Geograph-ers met again the morning after the Geograph conference to walk the Loxley valley from Malin Bridge to Stacey Bank. Alan Murray-Rust had prepared a map and factsheet for each participant showing the locations of all the former mills along the way.

Setting off from the tram stop, we soon left the road and followed a footpath along the river, seeing the sites of Wisewood rolling mill and forge on the way. The rolling mill at Little Matlock is still in operation, though no longer water driven. Not much is left of Olive rolling mill, although the very deep tailrace of the mill and former mill workers' accommodation can still be seen.

Upstream, there is evidence of water management from the times when the amount of water to be taken from the river at various sluice gates had to be agreed to make sure all mills could run. The former compensation reservoir at Stacey Bank, just at the foot of the dam of Damflask reservoir, also served this purpose.

At the end of the walk, we retired to the Nag's Head inn at Stacey Bank for drinks and food before everyone headed home.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SK3289 : Weir in the River Loxley at Malin Bridge by Rudi Winter
Weir in the River Loxley at Malin Bridge
The river Loxley is a tributary of the river Don and has several dams, weirs and... more

SK3189 : Mill pond, Wisewood by Rudi Winter
Mill pond, Wisewood
Looking towards the dam of the millpond for Wisewood Forge. The buildings are a... more

SK3189 : Weir at Wisewood mill pond by Rudi Winter
Weir at Wisewood mill pond
The weir is in the river Loxley. To the right of the footpath, just next to the... more

SK3189 : River Loxley at Wisewood by Rudi Winter
River Loxley at Wisewood
The substantial wall next to a weir protects the sluice gate feeding the millpond... more

SK3089 : Little Matlock rolling mill in the Loxley valley by Rudi Winter
Little Matlock rolling mill in the Loxley valley
Still in use for the original purpose - though now electrically rather than water... more

SK3089 : Hawthorn bush near Wisewood cemetery by Rudi Winter
Hawthorn bush near Wisewood cemetery
The footpaths indicated are the path running along the river Loxley and the branch... more

SK3089 : Tailrace of former Olive rolling mill by Rudi Winter
Tailrace of former Olive rolling mill
A deep trench, now heavily overgrown, once was the tailrace of the Olive rolling... more

SK3089 : Black Lane near Olive rolling mill by Rudi Winter
Black Lane near Olive rolling mill
Colourful as Easter eggs, a bunch of Geograph-ers explores the mills along the... more

SK3089 : Olive millpond by Rudi Winter
Olive millpond
The millpond that used to feed the waterwheel at the rolling mill, the buildings... more

SK3089 : River Loxley adjacent to Olive mill pond by Rudi Winter
River Loxley adjacent to Olive mill pond
The river Loxley runs by the side of the millpond for Olive roller mill. The mill... more

SK3089 : Water level monitor in the river Loxley by Rudi Winter
Water level monitor in the river Loxley
These days I am sure the reason for the water level monitoring is to do with water... more

SK3089 : Fields near Loxley Grange by Rudi Winter
Fields near Loxley Grange
The view across fields from the path alongside the river Loxley extends towards... more

SK2989 : Rowel Wheel, River Loxley by Rudi Winter
Rowel Wheel, River Loxley
The waterwheel is gone, but the wooden structure indicates where the water supply... more

SK2989 : Water level control marker by Rudi Winter
Water level control marker
The marker stone has been removed from its original location in the feeder canal... more

SK2890 : Alder roots in the river Loxley by Rudi Winter
Alder roots in the river Loxley
Alder can form a tangle of adventitious roots when periodically submerged in... more

SK2890 : Stacey Bank compensation reservoir by Rudi Winter
Stacey Bank compensation reservoir
Located at the foot of the Damflask reservoir dam, this older reservoir (now... more

SK2890 : Damflask reservoir spillway by Rudi Winter
Damflask reservoir spillway
The Damflask reservoir, together with the Agden, Dale Dike and Strines reservoirs... more

SK2890 : Phone box at Stacey Bank by Rudi Winter
Phone box at Stacey Bank
Tiny village overlooking the Loxley valley with all the amenities: bus stop,... more

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