Five reasons to visit New Mills

With its stunning location on the edge of the Peak District National Park, New Mills beckons with its scenic landscapes, rich history, and charming arts and music scene. As you contemplate your next travel destination, here are five fascinating reasons why New Mills should earn a spot on your itinerary.

1. The Torrs and Millennium Walkway
The heart of the town is hidden below street level in a dramatic sandstone gorge where two rivers meet and mills were built to harness the power of the water. The spectacular Millennium Walkway hangs above the River Goyt and clings to the sheer stone railway embankment, reputed to be the ‘finest retaining wall in the country’s rail network’.

2. The Sett Valley Trail
Traverse the picturesque Sett Valley Trail, a former railway line converted into a recreational trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders linking New Mills and Hayfield. The 2.5-mile route gives stunning views of Lantern Pike and towards Kinder Scout, and there is an excellent café halfway along to revive travellers in need of refreshment.

3. Historic New Mills
New Mills is steeped in history waiting to be explored. The remains of textile mills can be seen along the Torrs Gorge, including the Grade II listed Torr Vale Mill. As the population of the town grew, many churches were built and 16 remain to be found. During the Industrial Revolution the town was served by three railway lines and a canal. It then became a Coop town with two draperies, a shoe shop, a furniture store and groceries. There are walking tours to point out many places of interest in and around the town.

4. Thriving arts scene
For a small town, New Mills packs a punch when it comes to arts and crafts. It boasts a beautiful Art Theatre and the Spring Bank Arts Centre among its venues, providing entertainment ranging from theatre, musicals and gigs to more intimate folk, classical and comedy offerings . Many artists live and work in the town which has a popular gallery and a programme of craft fairs and exhibitions.

5. Scenic railway journeys
New Mills makes a great base for exploring the wider area. Two railway lines can take you to Manchester in 30 minutes so you can explore the North West’s largest city. Trains also run direct from New Mills Newtown to Disley (for Lyme Park) and Buxton. New Mills Central station is on the scenic Hope Valley line for day walks from Edale, Hope, Hathersage, Grindleford and Bamford. Trains run directly under the town, and whichever direction you are travelling there are stunning views as you emerge at New Mills Central. Walks from New Mills Central Station
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