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Rivelin Valley Conservation Group

What's there now?

Situated on a bend in the river just upstream of the Swallow mill dam, the curved weir is built of large pitched stones, now in fairly poor condition other than at the northern end. A modern shuttle gate controls water flow into the head goit – look out for the iron staples linking the lintel stones.

The Swallow mill dam still holds water but is heavily shaded with trees. The main overflow was rebuilt in 2002 (see photo on History page). Grooves for washboards (used to raise the water level) can be seen in the stonework on either side of the overflow. A second overflow, near the tail end of the Swallow mill dam, has a grill – this was built in the 1990s to help keep water moving through the mill dam. Water falls from the second overflow into a culvert under the path and then into the river.

The wheel pit and the line of the buildings can be made out amongst the vegetation; part of the stone floor is still in place and can be seen if not flooded.

A stone arch over the tail goit culvert (seen in the Chattle drawing – History page, and on the Wildlife page) is still in good repair and was reclaimed from the undergrowth by the RVCG in 2012. Old maps show that the long tail-goit originally joined the head goit of Plonk Wheel. Parts of the goit can still be seen alongside the footpath, with water finding its way across the path into the river in places. Some stones from the tail goit were apparently used to build the footpath for the nature trail in the 1960s.

Image of the curved Swallow weir is built of large pitched stones, now in fairly poor condition other than at the northern end

The curved Swallow weir is built of large pitched stones, now in fairly poor condition other than at the northern end (foreground). Photo: Sue Shaw, January 2016.

Image of the view of the Rivelin from above the Swallow weir

View of the Rivelin from above the Swallow weir, with head goit entry and modern shuttle to the left. Photo: Sue Shaw, April 2015.

Image the Swallow mill dam in early spring

The Swallow mill dam in early spring. Photo: Sue Shaw, April 2015.

Image of outfall into the river of the main overflow from Swallow mill dam.

Outfall into the river of the main overflow from Swallow mill dam. Photo: Sue Shaw, January 2016

Image of a second overflow, near the tail end of the Swallow mill dam

A second overflow, near the tail end of the Swallow mill dam, has a grill – this was built in the 1990s to help keep water moving through the mill dam. Photo: Sue Shaw, April 2015.

Image of mini-whirlpool

Mini-whirlpool at Swallow mill dam second overflow. Photo: Sue Shaw, August 2016.

Image of the Swallow wheel pit and the line of the buildings

The Swallow wheel pit and the line of the buildings can be made out amongst the vegetation. Photo: Sue Shaw, April 2015.

Image of the start of the Swallow tail goit

Start of the Swallow tail goit, looking towards the remains of the wheel pit, now overgrown. Photo: Sue Shaw, January 2016.

Image of stone path downstream of Swallow

Stone path downstream of Swallow, with culvert taking water from the Swallow tail goit into the river. Photo: Sue Shaw, January 2016.


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