Distance 9.5 miles – Time – approx. 5 hours

Embark on a literary journey through the picturesque landscapes of New Mills with Walk 3: The Nesbit Connection – The Edith Nesbit Literary Trail.

Discover the enchanting settings that inspired renowned author Edith Nesbit, best known for “The Railway Children.” Begin your exploration at Rock Mill Centre, tracing the footsteps of Nesbit’s relatives who resided at Ridge End and later at Cobden Edge, Mellor. As you venture towards Thornsett, immerse yourself in the industrial heritage of the area. Wander through the historic hamlet of Thornsett, featured prominently in Nesbit’s works, including “The Prophet’s Mantle.” Follow the path to Aspenshaw Hall, where Nesbit found inspiration amidst the affectionate admiration of the Woodcock family. Continue your journey to Three Chimneys, a symbolic landmark overlooking the valley, reminiscent of the moors above the railway in “The Railway Children.”

Conclude your literary pilgrimage at Strines Railway Station, evoking memories of the iconic scenes described in Nesbit’s timeless masterpiece. Experience the charm and nostalgia of Nesbit’s literary world as you traverse these captivating landscapes steeped in history and imagination.

You can collect paper copies of the leaflets from Rock Mill Centre, Rock Mill Lane, New Mills, SK22 3BN

If you have the Komoot app, Visit New Mills has these walk maps plus some additional ones so you can follow on the app. Find our Profile here: https://www.komoot.com/visitnewmills

Alternatively for the majority of the walks we have also added a GPX file, which can be downloaded and used by importing on various apps such as Alltrails, OS Maps, Strava, map my walk app and many more.

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