Hebble Hole Clapper Bridge

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A clapper bridge and the mill dams for Lumb Mill.

“You are now walking on the edge of a 200 year old double mill dam several metres above the river. You have to imagine that when this system was working in the 19 th century there would have been hardly any trees; the dam would be full of water – continually coming through from the river and somewhere underground goits would be feeding further dams below. What I find fascinating about this is the complexity of the system which is an amazing feat of engineering. If you can manage it, when you get to the far corner of the second dam, just look over the edge at a fantastic bit of drystone walling which even after 200 years it’s still perfect..

Once you have listened to the commentary continue your journey.

Cross the stone clapper bridge and turn right on the other side. After a few metres take the small, unpaved, waymarked path off to the right that follows the stream. After 30 metres you will pass the weir and an iron grid at the edge of the stream, which marks the beginning of the next part of the water system, leading to a double mill dam for Bob Mill.

Continue on the path which is above the stream. Keep to the main path (with several waymarks) always heading downstream - the path goes up and down. After about 1 km, take the waymarked (uneven) path turning sharply right, down to the stream. On your way down you will see the remains of Bob Mill and a dam behind it. Take the streamside path, passing another weir and sluice, running along the edge of the next double mill dam which powered Higher Lumb Mill. Here is a good place to listen to the next commentary.

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