Last weekend the children and I went for a wander along the Millenium Walkway in New Mills. It’s a place we have been to a few years ago, but as we were meeting up with Damian’s sister and her family we thought it would be a nice place to head to.
New Mills isn’t too far for us, and it’s a place we go to on a reasonably regular basis as the park there, High Lea Park, is pretty good and we can while away a good few hours there.
We parked up and headed for a walk along the river. There’s the hydro a little further on and a wall that is a wonderful climbing wall, and we did see a few people making use of it too whilst we were there.
The Millenium Walkway itself is pretty impressive. It spans the retaining wall from the railway and goes out over the RIver Goyt, which was flowing pretty fast when we were there as there had been a fair bit of rain overnight. The bridge opened in 1999 and it provides a link along the riverside. You can read more detail about the bridge here. It’s well worth a visit as you can extend the walk further if you wish and there is plenty of space for the children to run around and burn off some energy.
We opted to head back up to the roads and over to High Lea Park. The park is always very quiet when we go, which always surprises me given how good it is. It occupies a lot of space and there are a good few areas to cater for different age groups, as well as outdoor exercise equipment that seems ever popular and a pretty good zipwire. There’s also plenty of space for kicking a ball around and taking a picnic.
The children had great fun on the swings and Mr H had a good wander around the smaller play area. It was a little too muddy to let him have free rein across the grass; he is just that little bit too unsteady on his feet to be able to secure good balance when the ground is so soft!
The children then headed up the large slide with their cousins, making use of their uncle’s coat to slide down on! With lots of tired and muddy children we headed back to the car. Had we not all been quite so muddy then we might have headed into a cafe for a warm drink, but maybe we’ll do that with Damian one weekend instead.
All in all a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.