Field meetings

Please note that all members attending field meetings do so at their own risk.

Field meetings usually start at the front of the Town Hall at 10.00 a.m. and you should normally take packed lunch and be prepared for rough walking, stiles and mud. If you are uncertain about your ability you should contact the leader beforehand.

Where a pub lunch is indicated you are usually required to book in advance.

Children, but not pets please, are welcome if adequately supervised.

A limestone dale

New Mills Natural History Society walk along a limestone dale on the 11th June

We started our walk at Upper Dale, and made a gradual ascent on a stony bridle track to Brushfields Hough, returning through woodland into Monsal Dale, to return along a short stretch of the Monsal Trail.

On the way we saw some excellent examples of limestone flora, as well as a couple of day flying moths.

We saw the common spotted orchid in a species rich neutral grassland that we passed on the way up. The bee orchids were seen in the calcareous grassland at the top of the daleside.

Read more: A limestone dale

2023 field meetings

Date Description Leader(s)
Tue. 10th Jan Local walk Reg Radford
Thu. 19th Jan Carsington Water. Joan Potts
Tue. 7th Feb Buxton Museum Ron & Mary Weston
Wed. 22nd Feb Hopton Hall Mary & Ron Weston
Mon. 6th Mar Dunham Massey Nicky Burgess & Margaret Race
Fri. 24th Mar Roman Lakes Margaret Race
Wed.19th Apr Macclesfield Forest Chris Jones
Sat. 29th Apr Eastern Moors from Curbar Gap Barry Soames

 

2022 field meetings

Date Description Leader(s)
Thu. 13th Jan Local Walk near Wash Reg Radford
Wed. 26th Jan Local Walk near Brookbottom George & Nicky Burgess
Tue. 8th Feb Tittesworth Joan Potts
Fri. 25th Feb Cromford Canal Chris Lees & Liz Honeybell
Tue.15th Mar Lindow Moss George & Nicky Burgess
Sat. 26th Mar National Stone Centre Mary & Ron Weston
Sat. 9th Apr Alderley Edge Barry Soames
Sun. 24th Apr Disley John Hawksford
Tue. 10th Mayr Around Rudyard Lake Jeanne Daniels
Mon. 23rd May Stanage Edge (ring ouzels) Joan Potts
Sat. 11th Jun A limestone dale Elaine Radford
Wed. 29th Jun Hay Dale Jeanne Daniels
Fri. 15th Jul Longstone Edge (butterflies) Linda Dawes
Thu. 21st Jul Grin Low Steve Price
Thu. 4th Aug Sheldon & Magpie Mine Chris Lees & Liz Honeybell
Sun. 14th Aug Blacka Moor Barry Soames
Fri. 2nd Sep Lathkill Dale Tony Axcell
Wed. 21st Sep Broadbottom Nicky Burgess & Margaret Race
Sun. 2nd Oct Lyme Park fungus foray ohn Hawksford
Wed. 12th Oct: Watford Lodge Nature Reserve closure & working party Joan Potts
Mon. 24th Oct Bosley Locks & North Rode George & Nicky Burgess
Tue. 8th Nov Local walk Chris Jones
Sat. 26th Nov Brian Fox Memorial Walk & pub lunch. Booking essential. John Hawksford
Sun. 4th Dec Local walk George Burgess
Wed. 28th Dec Walk it off! Margaret Race

 

2021 field meetings

Date Description Leader(s)
Thu. 14th Jan Local Walk (cancelled) Reg Radford
Wed. 27th Jan Local Walk (cancelled) George & Nicky Burgess
Tue. 9th Feb Tittesworth (cancelled) Joan Potts
Fri. 26th Feb Cromford Canal (cancelled) Chris Lees & Liz Honeybell
Tue.16th Mar Lindow Moss (cancelled) George & Nicky Burgess
Sat. 27th Mar National Stone Centre (cancelled) Mary Weston
Tue.13th Apr Alderley Edge (cancelled) Barry Soames
Sun. 25th Apr Chapel/Combs Circular (cancelled) John Hawksford
Wed. 19th May *New Mills (meet near Co-op) Margaret Race
Thu. 27th May Errwood Joan Potts
Mon. 7th Jun *Taxal Edge (bus; no cars) Tony Axcell
Tue. 15th Jun A White Peak Dale Walk Elaine Radford
Sat. 17th Jul Danes Moss Barry Soames
Fri. 30th Jul Upper Goyt Valley Chris Jones
Wed. 4th Aug Consall Forge Jeanne Daniels
Thu. 12th Aug *Marple (bus, or car) John Hawksford
Mon. 13th Sep Alton & the Churnet Valley Tony Axcell
Wed. 29th Sep Fungus Foray The committee
Tue, 5th Oct Watford Lodge Nature Reserve Closure
& Working Party
Joan Potts
Fri. 15th Oct Tideslow Rake & High Rake Mine Linda Dawes
Mon. 25th Oct Fernilee Margaret Race
Tue. 2nd Nov *Whaley Bridge (bus) Chris Jones
Sun. 21st Nov Ollersett Landscapes
(a shorter walk)
Ron Weston
Mon. 6th Dec *Brian Fox Memorial walk (bus); John Hawksford
Wed. 29th Dec Walk It Off! Margaret Race

 * = not starting from the Town Hall car park: details later.

2020 field meetings

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all New Mills Natural History Society meetings are cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Date Description Leader(s)
Thu. 9th Jan Carsington Reservoir Joan Potts
Tue. 21st Jan Romiley area George & Nicky Burgess
Mon. 3rd Feb Etherow Country Park Pat & Anne O’Mara
Wed.19th Feb Massey Winter Garden The Committee
Thu.12th Mar Bradford & Lathkill Dales Tony Axcell
Fri. 27th Mar Edale (using a train) (cancelled) Margaret Race
Thu. 2nd Apr A Dark Peak Walk (cancelled) Reg Radford
Wed. 8th Apr Tegg's Nose & Macclesfield Forest (cancelled) Chris Jones
Sat. 25th Apr Biddulph area (cancelled) John Hawksford
Wed. 6th May Errwood (cancelled) Joan Potts
Sat. 30th May Healey Dell (cancelled) Mark Higginbottom
Thu. 4th Jun Gowhole (cancelled) David Blowers
Fri. 19th Jun A White Peak Dale Walk (cancelled) Elaine Radford
Tue. 30th Jun Cunning Dale (cancelled) Steve Price
Sat. 18th Jul Danes Moss (cancelled) Barry Soames
Fri. 31st Jul Upper Goyt Valley (cancelled) Chris Jones
Tue. 4th Aug Consall Forge (cancelled) Jeanne Daniels
Thu. 13th Aug Rudyard Reservoir (cancelled) John Hawksford
Mon. 14th Sep Alton & the Churnet Valley (cancelled) Tony Axcell
Wed. 30th Sep Fungus Foray (cancelled) Irene Blagden
Fri. 9th Oct Tideslow Rake & High Rake Mine (cancelled) Linda Dawes
Sun. 18th Oct Fernilee (cancelled) Margaret Race
Mon. 2nd Nov Whaley Bridge by bus. Meet at New Mills bus station at 9.55 a.m. (cancelled) Chris Jones
Wed. 18th Nov Hartington (cancelled) Ron Weston
Sat. 5th Dec Brian Fox Memorial Walk & Pub Lunch. Booking essential. (cancelled) Pam Richards & Margaret Race
Wed. 30th Dec Walk it off! (cancelled) Margaret Race

2019 field meetings

Date Description Leader(s)
Wed. 9th Jan Local Walk Susan Bailey
Mon. 21st Jan A Local Winter Walk Reg Radford
Wed. 13th Feb Poynton Area Pam Richards
Mon. 25th Feb Fairholmes Joan Potts
Tue. 5th Mar Looking at Lichens (Disley Area) Irene Blagden
Sat. 23rd Mar Hartington Ron & Mary Weston
Tue.16th Apr Ladder Edge Country Park John Hawksford
Thu. 25th Apr Coombes Valley RSP Reserve Joan Potts
Tue. 7th May North of Slackhall David Blowers
Mon. 27th May Eldon Hill, Peak Forest Tony Axcell
Mon. 3rd Jun Longdendale Holly Trail: for Nightjars, meet at Town Hall at 7.00 p.m Joan Potts
Fri. 7th Jun Cromford Canal Joan Potts
Tue. 25th Jun A White Peak walk Elaine Radford
Thu. 11th Jul Lightwood, north of Buxton Steve Price
Wed. 17th Jul Harpur Hill John Hawksford
Fri. 26th Jul Curbar, Froggatt & White Edges Linda Dawes
Thu. 1st Aug Hope Valley (possibly using a train) Chris Lees & Liz Honeybell
Wed. 7th Aug 50th Anniversary Lunch; booking required Pam Richards & John Hawksford
Tue. 20th Aug Upper Goyt Valley Chris Jones
Sat.14th Sep Ashworth Valley Mark Higginbottom
Tue.24th Sep Weston Park Museum, Sheffield (by train and tram) Mary Weston
Tue 8th Oct Fungus Foray Irene Blagden
Thu.17th Oct Watford Lodge Nature Reserve closure & working party Joan Potts
Fri. 25th Oct Swine Sty & Bar Brook Ron Weston
Wed. 13th Nov Rainow/Ingersley Vale Pam Richards
Wed. 27th Nov Danebridge George & Nicky Burgess
Sat 7th Dec Brian Fox Memorial Walk & pub lunch; booking essential Ron & Mary Weston
Mon. 30th Dec Walk it off! Margaret Race

 

Longstone Edge

Members of the New Mills Natural History Society held a field meeting on Longstone Edge on 5 July 2017. We looked at a number of plants typical of calcareous grassland and leadrakes, as well as some butterflies.

You can view pictures of some of what we saw.

Read more: Longstone Edge

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