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What's on

Tues 9th September - Paul Buckland - Presentation on Iceland and Greenland
7.30pm Stephen Hill Church, Bentley Lane, Crosspool.



Rivelin Valley Heritage Open Day - Sun 14th September

Come and join us outside of the Rivelin Valley Cafe between 10.30am and 2.30pm for loads of free exciting activities for the whole family, including:

  • Mini museum in the park – a display and explanation of objects manufactured in the valley. See a working model of a waterwheel, old maps and photographs showing what the valley was like 100 years or more ago.

  • Heritage tours of a few mills and dams with our expert guides, on the hour (1100, 1200, 1300 & 1400), with interpretation and old images.

  • Oral archiving – an opportunity to share your stories, photographs and memories of the valley

  • Find out about the wildlife of the valley and share your own sightings. Join in river dipping (11.30, 12.30 & 13.30) and our experts will help to identify what you find. Complete our nature hunts and quiz.

  • Meet the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group and find out how you can become involved in helping to conserve your valley for future generations.

  • Books and DVDs available to purchase - Contact Keith Kendall 01142307144


    RIVELIN MILL POND RESTORATION - Click on this link to read about it


    Introduction to RVCG

    The group was formed in 1991 with the aim to encourage the effective management of wildlife habitats and to reverse the decline of the nature trail over the past decade. The Rivelin Valley is two and a half miles long and with over 700 lime trees lining the road making it the second longest lime tree avenue in Britain.

    The fast flowing river, regulated by its constant release from moorland peat proved ideal for powering the wheels for the twenty mills along its course. One of the oldest being the Hind Wheel 1581 with some still working up to the 1950's. Perhaps the most famous being Mousehole Forge at Malin Bridge which produced world famous anvils and is being carefully restored by its present owner.

    What remain are the ponds which used to feed them and with support of the Ponds Conservation Trust and Yorkshire Water, the group intends to restore as many as possible for the wildlife to inhabit and the public to enjoy.

    Membership is £ 3 per household per year (this includes quarterly newsletter, work days on the last Sunday of each month, regular walks, talks from enthusiasts and experts and other events throughout the year).

    For further information, do not hesitate to contact us.

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