If you've ever been to New Mills (and I know some of you have), you'll have guessed that the next bit of my walk was the Millennium Walkway - over the river Goyt. It is the most amazing and spectacular of bridges, and my heart sunk a bit when I first saw it - but I plucked up courage and strode across.
The bridge clings to the huge wall where the railway runs along the top, and affords views into the old mill on the river. I love a walk that incorporates nature and industrial history, and this walk certainly fits the bill.
My heart sunk further when I read the plaque at the end of the walkway dedicated to Stan Brewster. I remember hearing about him when the awful bombings took place, but I hadn't realised that he had been instrumental in the building of this inspired structure. It was a very sobering moment.
We loved reading about the old mills. They are still very spectacular, even in decay. I asked at the visitor centre if they had any plans for using the mills. The lady informed me that the gentleman who now owns them, rents out the spaces inside for weddings and parties etc. I'd love a look in. The notice says that these mills were used up until the year 2000 and had been in use for over 200 years.
I loved out trip to New Mills. Somewhere very close to home and yet a place I had never stopped off to visit before.