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The day after our walk on Ramshaw Rocks we met Alice and Elinor in Bakewell so that we could see how they were and have a meal with them.  They travelled to Bakewell on the bus after Alice had finished work for the day in Sheffield.  We went for a coffee together and told them the sad news of Richard’s mum’s death.  They were both upset but were grateful that we had waited so that we could tell them face-to-face.  We then went for a walk through the town and ended up by the river – our favourite spot.


The attractive old bridge over the river Wye.

IMG_5496Duck's nest

There is always plenty to see on the river. This duck sitting on her nest, for example.

IMG_5498Female Goosander

A female Goosander (Mergus merganser)


A Coot (Fulica atra)

IMG_5502Gulls and Canada Geese

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and Gulls


A duck – partly Mallard I think!

After a pleasant meal together Richard and I saw the girls onto their bus and then we returned to our caravan.

The following day we went for a walk along the valley of the River Goyt.  We left the car in a lay-by just south of Whaley Bridge and followed a track, steep at first, from the lay-by down through woodland towards the River Goyt.

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Richard on the track through the wood.

The day was very cloudy and there were frequent showers of rain but they weren’t heavy and didn’t diminish the pleasure of our walk.  Richard had walked here very often when he was younger, either with the Scouts or with friends but the area was new to me.

IMG_5510Field Scabious

A Field Scabious flower (Knautia arvensis)


A meadow between the track and the river (which is under the trees).

IMG_5513R Goyt

The River Goyt




The meadows next to the river were pleasant to walk across.  You can see from this photo how gloomy the day was.


Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis agg)


Harebells (Campanula rotundifolia)

IMG_5522Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil and other plants

Greater Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus)

IMG_5523Little cascade

A little cascade

IMG_5524R Goyt

The River Goyt with a wooden bridge just visible under the trees.

IMG_5525R Goyt

River Goyt

IMG_5527Wild Rhubarb

Richard walking along the track next to Wild Rhubarb/Butterbur (Petasites hybridus). It was about as tall as me (5′ 4″)

We were making our way towards some water-works buildings.  I took some photographs of them and some plants I saw but (fortunately for you!) they didn’t come out.  The light wasn’t good enough I think.

We walked up the very steep drive belonging to the waterworks and then, at the top, turned towards the road that crosses Fernilee Reservoir Dam.

IMG_5528Goyt Reservoir

The reservoir

IMG_5530Old Bridge

I liked the look of this old bridge from the road to a maintenance building.

Richard told me that this bridge is probably an original one for the dam and therefore quite old.  Bridges aren’t built this way any more.

IMG_5531Goyt Valley

We then walked back along the other side of the river which is down in the trees below.  There were some lovely views from the path.

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IMG_5536Ferns Moss and grass

A variety of plants and textures

IMG_5539Great Burnet

We saw some beautiful Great Burnet flowers (Sanguisorba officinalis) in the field next to the path.

IMG_5541Great Burnet

Great Burnet – these plants are becoming increasingly rare as water-meadows are drained.

IMG_5542could be water-cress

This could be Water-cress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)

IMG_5543Water mint

Water Mint (Mentha aquatica)

IMG_5545White Beak-sedge

White Beak-sedge (Rhynchospora alba)

IMG_5546Oak galls

Marble Galls on Oak.


We eventually got to the hamlet of Taxal where we had a look at the church dedicated to St James.


We found a very friendly donkey in the churchyard wearing a rather fetching veil.

This donkey had a job to do – eating its way through all the overgrown grass and plants in the yard.  The veil kept the flies out of its eyes.


I like donkeys!


St James’ church

IMG_5556Wooden bridge

We crossed the river by a wooden bridge, walked up the steep path to the lay-by and found our car again.

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