Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
The upper Goyt
The Goyt begins its journey high on the vast bleak heather clad moorland, two miles west of the town Buxton then starts to thread its journey northwards from its catchment area close to the A537 Buxton to Macclesfield road, and within sight of the popular Cat and Fiddle Inn.
At this point it stands at over 460 metres above sea level, and as the Goyt makes its way slowly towards the north, it begins its gradual descent as the natural force of water slowly cuts a channel through the thick beds of Millstone Grit and Shale.
Walking from the Macclesfield Old Road, the long disused coaching route out of Buxton, and following the course of the river Goyt on our right for a little over one mile, we soon reach the picturesque 300-year-old packhorse bridge. This formerly stood on the old salt way that ran east from Cheshire, much lower down the valley where the waters of the reservoir now stand
Near to the long disused Goyt's Clough Quarry, a little further on and to your right, there is a wonderful opportunity to take a walk down into the gorge and see river Goyt up close. Here you may sit on one of several benches and listen to the water tumbling over the huge jumble of rocks, or you might even hear either grouse, pheasant or curlew calling across the moorland.
Another mile further along the narrow road, you reach the Goyt reservoir. The landscape all around you is both wild and truly breath-taking, something to enjoy regardless of the prevailing weather conditions. Just prior to crossing a curved wrought iron bridge, and set well back through the trees to your left, there are the remains of Erwood Hall, situated among extensive stands of planted Rhododendron shrubs. This estate, until 1936, was formerly home to the Grimshawe family.
Looking north out over the dam wall, it offers the walker grand views over the much lower Fernilee reservoir, where throughout its length you can see mixed woodland on either side. The long disused trackbed of the historical Cromford & High Peak Railway follows the right-hand bank for the reservoir's entire length, whereafter it makes its way as far as the town of Whaley Bridge and the canal warfe, some two miles distant.
The Goyt then passes through Taxal and Horwich End where it is joined by the Todd Brook. Thereafter it passes through Whaley Bridge before eventually winding its way into New Mills and over the Torr weir.
Friday, 26 September 2008
Starting at the park below New Mills Central railway station the procession moves off at at 7:30pm, slowly winding its way through the Torrs, over the Millennium Walkway, towards Torrs Hydro before turning right over Torr Mill bridge and up towards the Rock Tavern pub before finishing on the Newtown recreation ground with a fantastic firework display and followed by the one and only Tony Audenshaw of White Van Man fame playing live out of the back of a Crabtree wagon - what more could you want on a Saturday evening.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Wednesday 24 7:30pm - Revival Church, High Street, New Mills
The Country's first Community Owned and Community Funded Hydro Electric Scheme
Revival Church, High Street, 7.30 - 9pm
Come and hear about the pioneering scheme in New Mills Torrs: a presentation
and informal discussion.
FREE but small charge for refreshments.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Saturday, 20 September 2008
What a great turn out this morning in the brilliant New Mills sunshine - the team of Ruth, Maggie, Sean, Richard, Pete, Ken and Rob soon made light work of removing the rest of the 'sand and rubble' bank that appeared during the storms two weeks ago - hopefully that's the last we will see of it !
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
The work on the lower end of the screw is now scheduled to take place on Monday afternoon with an engineer being flown in from the manufacturers in Germany.
Between now and Monday the tail race of the screw will be made water tight to enable the water to be pumped out to enable easier access. The engineer will arrive Monday lunchtime, the bottom end of the screw will be raised and the flange will be re tightened - it is expected that the screw will be operational again by Monday evening.
Whilst any downtime is unfortunate it has allowed us to test and review our maintenance procedures which has been very successful.
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
A number of you will have noticed that the screw isn't currently turning today (Tuesday 16), this was to enable maintenance to take place.
As part of this maintenance the lower bearing flange needs to be re tightened thus allowing smoother running of the screw. (I didn't know what a lower bearing flange was before today either).
This work will be planned in over the next couple of days and will involve lifting the lower end of the screw to gain access to the flange.
Monday, 15 September 2008
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Over the past two days Sean and Till (two of the Directors of Torrs Hydro New Mills) have been up to chests in water removing the debris which improves the flow of water to the screw and in doing so increased the output of electricity to the New Mills Co-op.
Its not expected that this activity will become a regular occurrence, but next time it does we will be asking local volunteers for assistance to speed the process up - so be prepared to get your feet wet !
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
Bit of education for any fellow geeks out there :
A Megawatt-hour (MWh) is : 1 megawatt acting over a period of 1 hour. One megawatt-hour is equal to 1,000 kilowatt-hours or 1 million watt-hours. The primary difference between a megawatt and a megawatt-hour is that “megawatt” measures the capacity of an electric generator and “megawatt-hour” measures the actual amount of electricity it produces over a certain period of time.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
You are warmly invited to the launch of Settle Hydro's Share Offer on Saturday 6 September, 10am, at Victoria Hall, Settle. Settle Hydro Ltd - a development of Settle Area Regeneration Team, StART, Settle District Chamber of Trade and Settle District Going Green - plans to install a 50kW hydro power plant at Bridge End Weir, in Settle. The plant would be Yorkshire's first community-owned and surplus monies from the sale of hydro electricity would fund local environmental and community projects. The share offer gives individuals, local businesses and social investors the chance to become members of a ground breaking renewable electricity project that will provide clean, green electricity. It's a unique way to demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable environmental project.