This is one of many stunning views of the River Dove, taken from the Hanging Bridge on a delightful, sunny afternoon. The river is beautiful from this side although probably a bit chilly to swim in! The River Dove is a famous trout stream that begins in Buxton, travels through Dovedale with its old stepping stones until it joins the River Trent.
Here we have a waterfall and former well-dressing venue in Middle Mayfield. There are three wells: Peace Well, Middle Well and Children’s Well. The Well-Dressing Festival was first held in 1896 and was a celebration of water where people would create beautiful themes out of natural resources such as petals and seeds pressed into a clay frame. The festival took place again in 1897 but was not repeated for over 100 years. The last festival was in 2016 and the Mayfield Heritage Group stored all the equipment and archive in the hope that the tradition will be reinstated one day.
A view of Church Mayfield in the background taken from Upper Mayfield. This photo showcases the early Autumn changing colour of leaves. Upper Mayfield has many interesting buildings including the Piccadilly Cottages, built in the 1600s, the Methodist Church, now a private residence, and Moore’s Cottage Farm, once the home to famous Irish, lyric poet Tom Moore from 1813-1817.
A photo down Slack Lane, which links Upper Mayfield to Middle Mayfield and also connects to Mappleton. It is one of many lanes used by the public for exercise and walking dogs that were essential in the days before public transport for connecting communities.