New Mills Heritage and Information Centre – new trail

Mike & Steve 1 (1)Exciting news from New Mills Heritage and Information Centre, on Rock Mill Lane, New Mills, where the courtyard has been brought to life by the installation of a new Torrs Gorge interpretation panel, sponsored by New Mills Local History Society and funded by the Heritage Lottery fund with a grant of £6,500.

Mike Daniels, the Heritage Centre Administrator said “This really is a magnificent panel, and located as it is near the entrance gate the eye-catching graphics will extend the Centre’s audience by attracting the attention of passers-by.”

Designed to appeal to all ages the board tells the story of the gorge from its formation during the last ice age, through its place at the heart of the industrial revolution in New Mills to “the Park under the Town” that visitors and residents enjoy today.

Time travelling birds explain the story for children, whilst adults can get to grips with ice that flowed up (not down) the valley. The centre piece of the board is a trail plan, guiding visitors to viewpoints from which the geological and historical features may be appreciated, including the recent rockfall. A new Torrs Trail leaflet is available to accompany the walk.

In celebration of this colourful addition to the Centre’s “New Mills Story” there will be an ‘official opening’ at the Heritage Centre at 2pm on 16th April, followed by a walk along the trail, returning to the Heritage and Information Centre for light refreshments.

All are welcome. The walk will last about 45 minutes. Be prepared for steps, steep inclines and some rough ground. Appropriate footwear must be worn. Complimentary trail guides will be available.

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