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The town with a heart

New Mills is a scenic, thriving town in the High Peak with a great community spirit. There is amazing countryside, restaurants, traditional pubs, shops, a splendid variety of activities to do and a wide range of events throughout the year.

New Mills is semi-rural, blending the heritage of mining and mills with outstanding views of the Kinder Plateau. With excellent public transport links, the town is a gateway to the Peak District, very close to the National Trust’s Lyme Park, and makes the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Derbyshire countryside and local nature reserves.

The heart of New Mills is the Torrs sandstone gorge where the rivers Sett and Goyt meet. The entire length of the Torrs was developed as an industrial site powered first by water, then by steam and electricity. During the Industrial Revolution New Mills had a significant industry in cotton spinning, bleaching and calico printing. Much of its fascinating heritage remains to be explored, with towering railway viaducts, elegant bridges and the remains of mills on the banks of the river, including the grade II listed Torr Vale Mill which, at 210 years of continuous use, was the UK’s longest running textile mill.

The Torrs Riverside Park is now a pleasant place of recreation: home to the award-winning Millennium Walkway, wildflower meadows running up to the scenic Peak Forest Canal, a rock climbing gritstone wall, and Archie, the community-owned hydroelectric turbine.

As a visitor to New Mills you will find a world of discoveries and be assured of a warm Derbyshire welcome from a town that is sure to find a place in your heart.

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