The Rivelin Valley (pictured on the home page) lies approximately five miles west of Sheffield City Centre. The valley is three and a half miles long and follows the course of the River Rivelin, a fast flowing river that drains the moorland peat.
The river once supported many water wheels used in flour mills and forges. The Rivelin Corn Mill dates from around 1600. The Mousehole Forge at Malin Bridge produced anvils and vices for export worldwide.
Although most of the mills and wheels have now disappeared, the ponds that were created to feed them are still present throughout the valley. Some have been restored by Yorkshire Wildlife and the Ponds Conservation Trust.
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Another ancient and historic feature, is Matty Well, which lies just opposite Sheffield Holiday Cottage on Tofts Lane. Whilst enjoying all the rural tranquility of the valley, one can benefit from the convenience of easy access to Sheffield Centre, only 15 minutes away by car.
The Peak District National Park boundry is less than half a mile away from Sheffield Holiday Cottage, gateway to star attractions such Chatsworth House and Gardens, the beautiful Hope Valley, and the spa and market towns of Buxton and Bakewell.
There are endless opportunities for outdoor activities in the beautiful countryside here.