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Loxley Valley South Yorkshire

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Old Wheel Dam, the remnants of water-powered industry which was operational from the 17th century up to the 1950s. Nowadays good for waterfowl and kingfishers.
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Pete Mella
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Old Wheel Dam, the remnants of water-powered industry which was operational from the 17th century up to the 1950s. Nowadays good for waterfowl and kingfishers.

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The Loxley Valley is an area that has been industrialised since the 17th century, due to its fast-flowing river serving Sheffield's water-driven industry. The industry is now virtually gone, but several dams which once housed waterwheels are still in existence, providing habitats for wildlife alongside the River Loxley itself. There is also an area of ancient woodland at Little Matlock, more modern woodland, and farmland, providing a range of areas for birds.

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Directions

The Valley can be accessed from many different footpaths that branch off Loxley Road (B6077), or via Stacey Lane on the western side of the valley. Loxley Road can be reached on the 61 bus, which leaves Hillsborough Interchange on the hour (two hourly on Sundays), or the 62 (which does the same route in the opposite direction, and therefore takes longer).

Access

Much of the valley is covered on the northern side by an "Easy Going Trail", but not all of this is suitable for wheelchairs, especially after the 2007 floods.

Parking

Limited parking along Loxley Road, although please respect residents by parking responsibly. There is also a Supertram park and ride nearby at Malin Bridge, which costs £1 for all day parking.

Facilities

There are several pubs and a shop along Loxley Road.

Key Areas / Routes

Old Wheel Dam - the largest of the dams and home to the biggest collection of waterfowl, and the area is good for Kingfishers, Little Owl, and Siskins, Redwings and Fieldfare in winter.
Loxley Fisheries - an angling lake, the adjoining river can be good for Dippers and Kingfishers, and the trees are good for Spotted Flycatcher and Chiffchaff in summer.
Stacey Bank - Looking out towards Damflask can be good for finding occasional waders on passage, such as Curlew, Lapwing and Common Sandpiper.
Little Matlock Wood - good for Jays, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Goldcrest and finches.
Taking the less accessible path to the south of the river over the grassy hillside can be good for warblers in the summer, including Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat.

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