Start and finish at The Little Mill Inn, walk beside Rowarth Brook up the wooded valley (known as Little Switzerland to the locals) and then head uphill to the moors above Rowarth for amazing views of The Peak District, Kinder Scout and the Cheshire plain.
A New Mills walk
posted on 06/02/21 by Little Mill. Last update : 11/02/21
(S/E) Starting at The Little Mill Inn, walk up the lane/path at the side of the pair of cottages next to the car park, follow until you reach an old red phone box.
(1) Take the path on the right just after the phone box. Walk until you reach a stile and lane. Cross straight over to another stile and follow the path by the river for 1/4 mile until you reach an old farm track with a ford on your right hand side. Cross the ford and follow until you reach a tarmac lane.
(2) Walk up the lane for 300 yards or so until you see a sign for The Pennine Bridleway on your right.
(3) Turn right and follow this bridleway until you reach Blackshaw Farm on your left and a signpost.
(4) Turn right in to the field and follow the path straight ahead for about 3/4 mile until you reach a junction on the path with a sharp right hand turn.
(5) Take the right hand turn and follow the path until you reach a tarmac lane, walk down the lane and you will arrive back at The Little Mill Inn.(S/E)
S/E : km 0 - alt. 203 m - The Little Mill Inn, pub, restaurant, B&B
1 : km 0.39 - alt. 218 m - Phone box
2 : km 1.14 - alt. 247 m - Tarmac lane
3 : km 1.83 - alt. 306 m - Bridleway
4 : km 3.03 - alt. 288 m - Blackshaw Farm
5 : km 3.99 - alt. 294 m - Sharp right turn
S/E : km 5.15 - alt. 205 m - The Little Mill Inn, pub, restaurant, B&B
You can be almost guaranteed mud walking by the Rowarth Brook.
Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.
Date of walk: 18/01/22 Clarity of route description: ★★★★★ Very good Clarity of route map: ★★★★★ Very good Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good
We are not (yet) experienced hikers but we did this well under the 1 hour 50 minutes suggested. Lovely walk, a couple of steep-ish climbs, one on tarmac, one on rugged terrain. We did it in January so it was very muddy, by the brook and in a couple of other places. Pleasant walk with some nice views in the higher places. And a lovely pub at the end, consider booking a table.
le Mon 25 Oct 2021 05:15:55 EDT
4 / 5
Date of walk: 21/10/21 Clarity of route description: ★★★★☆ Good Clarity of route map: ★★★★☆ Good Walk interest: ★★★★☆ Good
Very nice short walk (2 hrs) can be wet in places. pub serves great food will do it again.
le Tue 11 May 2021 03:13:43 EDT
4.3 / 5
Date of walk: 08/05/21 Clarity of route description: ★★★★☆ Good Clarity of route map: ★★★★☆ Good Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good
Pleasant walk which ends at a pub which is always good! Make sure you have good footwear, walking boots or wellies as it is very very muddy and wet in places. Some of the paths are very uneven.
Great views over the moorland and if you have a dog, most of the walk can be done off lead if your dog has good recall.
le Tue 13 Apr 2021 16:29:35 EDT
5 / 5
Date of walk: 12/04/21 Clarity of route description: ★★★★★ Very good Clarity of route map: ★★★★★ Very good Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good
Excellent little walk and ideal for a family. Very good directions