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Exploring the water mills of the Loxley valley

By Rudi Winter

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 SK3189 : Mill pond, Wisewood by Rudi Winter rolling mill and forge on the way. The rolling mill at Little Matlock SK3089 : Little Matlock rolling mill in the Loxley valley by Rudi Winter is still in operation, though no longer water driven. Not much is left of Olive rolling mill SK3089 : Olive millpond by Rudi Winter, although the very deep tailrace SK3089 : Tailrace of former Olive rolling mill by Rudi Winter of the mill and former mill workers' accommodation can still be seen.

Upstream, there is evidence of water management SK2989 : Water level control marker by Rudi Winter 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 SK2890 : Stacey Bank compensation reservoir by Rudi Winter at Stacey Bank, just at the foot of the dam of Damflask reservoir SK2890 : Damflask reservoir spillway by Rudi Winter, 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. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .

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