so as we got a bit time on our hands we went back to Higher Poynton for the weekend on the way back we stopped at New Mills and had a look around the town which was lovely there was this walkway over the River Goyt http://www.newmillsheritage.com/walkway.htm The 175-yard long elevated steel walkway spans what The Guardian described somewhat dramatically as 'the last inaccessible place in England', a rocky wall in the 30m deep Torrs gorge, cantilevered out over the fast running river Goyt. Visitors are now able to inspect close at hand not only the enormous railway retaining wall above them, but also the historic Torr Vale Mill on the opposite bank, recognised now as the oldest working cotton mill in the country (from 1788), and listed by English Heritage Grade II*.
also in New mill is http://www.torrshydro.org/index.php which is the first community-owned plant in this country and produces enough energy to supply the local Co-op supermarket with any surplus being re-sold to the National Grid. It uses the power of a small weir in the gorge and is known as 'Archie' because it uses a device known as a 'Reverse Archimedes screw'. shame i did not have the camera
we move onto Higher Poyton there is a Museum which has a working display of the early internal-combustion engine
also at the Museum was a giant model of Poynton showing the collieries and railways and canal at 1900
if you like village history it is worth looking up
this is where lord Vernon's wharf was
while looking at the engine museum web site i came across this site lot of old photos of the canals