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  • Jul 18th, 2011

An Enchanted Woodland Walk

Water-cum-Jolly Dale that links Millers Dale and Monsal Dale is one of the most beautiful in the peak district.

Passing the old mill buildings and crossing the bridge you find yourself entering another world, a seemingly ‘secret garden’. A tranquil, secluded little dale on the river Wye. The narrow path skirts around the edge of the old millpond under overhanging limestone crags, which amplify and echo the calls of the numerous water birds.

As you follow the path the lake becomes a river and the valley narrows to a deep ravine as it winds it way through the dense woodland. The mood of the river alters, sometimes slow with foliage reflecting in it’s shimmering surface. Other times faster flowing with green weeds stretched in the direction of the flow.

Foliage reflected in the water

Huge ferns and cow parsley line the banks. Their distinctive smell pervades the air and the atmosphere is very primeval. Occasionally shards of sunlight break through the canopy to dance on the river surface like dainty water sprites. This is truly an enchanted woodland walk .

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