An Early Evening Walk in Millers Dale

A good turnout - BFC members gather for the walk at Millers Dale Station, 7th August 2022 (D Purchase)

A good turnout of about 30 members and friends for the last of the summer outings in 2022: an early evening walk in Millers Dale. Prior to setting off some of us were fortunate to spot a pair of young peregrines performing acrobatics in the warm air currents above the dale. 

Hairy brome, Millers Dale (D Purchase)

We walked from the Station carpark into the DWT Nature Reserve, formerly a lime quarry and a site rich in limestone flora and the attendant insects.

The walk enters Millers Dale Station Nature Reserve

We spent a happy half hour or so there searching and observing, among other things autumn gentians (not yet in flower), hairy shieldbugs and cinnabar moth larvae feeding on the ragwort. 

Exploring Millers Dale Station NR, previously a lime quarry
Autumn Gentians in Millers Dale Station NR (D Purchase)
Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum), feeding on ragwort, Millers Dale Station NR (D Purchase)
Cinnabar Moth larva (Tyria jacobaeae) feeding on ragwort, Millers Dale Station NR (D Purchase)

Then we walked along the Monsal Trail to the viaduct before the tunnel, and down to the bridge over the Wye, where we saw a family of grey wagtails, a dipper and a brown trout lazily holding its place against the current.

Brown trout in the Wye at Millers Dale (D Purchase)

Then we went along the riverbank and up to the Trail to return to the Station. It was a fine walk on a lovely evening with good company, an excellent way to finish our summer programme. We finished up with a welcome drink at the Angler’s Rest.