The Millennium Walkway, New Mills

A moderate stroll down into New Mills, returning via the spectacular Millennium Walkway and a pretty riverside park.

Technical sheet
No. 20156475
A New Mills walk posted on 15/03/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 15/03/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 7.19km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 130m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 131m
Highest point Highest point : 258m
Lowest point Lowest point : 119m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : New Mills
Starting point Starting point : N 53.379806° / W 1.99957°
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Description

(D/A) Turn right and walk down Mellor road from The Pack Horse Inn towards New Mills for 150 yards. Opposite the track to Whitle on your right, turn left (East) over a slab stile next to a gate. Walk down the side of the field to gate, then continue to a stile into a drive.

(1) Follow the drive ahead of you through a gateway, then turn right over a stile. Turn left over a stone stile where two walls meet, then turn right and walk down the right-hand side of the field to a gate into a track in front of another farm. Turn right and walk out to the road. Turn left and walk down to a T-junction. Cross over and turn right.

(2) Take the next left (Watford Bridge Road), crossing the River Sett. Pass a works entrance on your right, then take the second right into an industrial estate.

Take a path on the left after the first industrial unit, which leads to the Sett Valley Trail. Turn right (South-West). Follow the Trail for quarter of a mile or so until you reach a road (St Georges Road).

(3) Cross straight over and descend a slaloming section. Partway up the other side, climb a flight of steps on your left to another road; take the metalled path opposite, behind the surgery and Leisure Centre car park. Just before an old railway overbridge, turn right up steps.

Turn left and left again along Hyde Bank Road, crossing over the railway bridge with the river down to your right. Just before a T-junction, turn right (West) down steps into the Torrs gorge (signposted “Torrs Riverside Park”).

(4) At the bottom, cross the river and turn left. Bear right at Torrs Hydro and the weir, and pass under the Union Road viaduct. Take either of the lower paths (ignoring the steps on the right up to the Heritage Centre). Cross the Millennium Walkway and continue along the riverside path, ignoring the footbridge to Torr Vale Mill and a path up to the station on your right.

(5) Join the road (Station Road) at an informal parking area by some industrial buildings and take the left-hand fork (Mousley Bottom). Beyond a row of new houses and before a brick-built house, take a metalled track on the left (South_west) that leads through a gate and back to the river.

Beyond a second gate you enter Mousley Bottom Nature Reserve. Follow the river for three-quarters of a mile. As you approach Hague Bar, the meadows end and the river runs close to the steep wooded bank on your right.

(6) Leave the river within these woods, following a Goyt Way fingerpost up a steep path, stepped in places, that zig-zags up the hill through the trees. When you emerge into the car park at Hague Bar Picnic Site, turn left out to the road (Waterside Road).

Turn right (North) over the railway bridge and walk up to the main road (Hague Bar Road). Cross over into Hague Fold Road, a no-through road. Walk up the lane to Hague Fold Farm, and follow it round to the left past Higher Hague Fold Farm.

(7) The road becomes a narrow walled track before meeting the Brook Bottom road. Cross straight over into a rocky byway marked “Unsuitable for motor vehicles”. Climb the hill and pass the turning to Shaw Farm on your left, with the golf course over the wall on your right. When you reach the road by the clubhouse, cross over and go straight on (Apple Tree Road).

(8) After 60 yards, turn left (North-East) onto the golf course at a public footpath sign. Follow the wall on your left across the course to a gate into a walled green lane.

Follow the lane to Whitle. Bear right be- tween the cottages and through a gate. Cross the stile opposite and walk down between fences to join the track beyond. Walk down the track to the road, and turn left to return to The Pack Horse Inn.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 232m - The Pack Horse Inn
1 : km 0.25 - alt. 205m - Farm
2 : km 1.02 - alt. 153m - River Sett - Sett Valley Trail
3 : km 1.8 - alt. 159m - Surgery and Leisure Centre - Torrs gorge
4 : km 2.44 - alt. 151m - Torrs Hydro - Union Road viaduct
5 : km 3.08 - alt. 131m - Mousley Bottom Nature Reserve
6 : km 4.43 - alt. 124m - Hague Bar Picnic Site
7 : km 5.06 - alt. 198m - Shaw Farm
8 : km 6.28 - alt. 257m - Golf course
D/A : km 7.19 - alt. 232m - The Pack Horse Inn

Useful Information

Some rocky paths, and mud and wet grass may be encountered after rain. One long climb out of the Goyt valley.

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The Pack Horse Inn
Mellor Road, New Mills,
High Peak SK22 4QQ
Email info@packhorseinn.co.uk
Web www.packhorseinn.co.uk
Phone +44 (0) 1663 742365

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • The Millennium Walkway, built at a cost of £525,000 and opened in 1999, featured on the 44p Royal Mail Millennium stamp. It carries the Goyt Way through the Torrs Gorge below the massive retaining wall of the railway opposite Torr Vale Mill.
  • Mellor Cross (missing its top since a gale in 2016) was erected by Marple Churches Together in the 1970s and commands a fine view over Manchester and the Cheshire Plain. Edith Nesbit immortalised the surrounding area in The Railway Children.
  • The Peak Forest Canal (pictured here near Disley) runs for 15 miles from Dukinfield to Whaley Bridge. Two lock-less halves are separated by the 16 locks of the Marple Flight. The engineer was Benjamin Outram and the canal opened in 1796.
  • The junction of Black Lane and Primrose Lane is marked by a large block of stone in the wall, thought to be a medieval cross base. It may be associated with the abbey at Basingwerk, who owned this area in the Middle Ages and built several similar crosses.
  • The “Roman Bridge” at Strines is in fact a 17th-century packhorse bridge. Pack-horse bridges are typically less than 6 feet wide, with no (or low) parapets to avoid fouling the panniers of the ponies that once used them. The bridge is Grade II listed.
  • The Sett Valley Trail is a 21⁄2-mile cycle- and bridleway from Hayfield to New Mills, following a former branch railway line that opened in 1868 and closed in 1970. The Pennine Bridleway follows the Trail for a mile between Hayfield and Birch Vale.
  • Lantern Pike provides superb views to Kinder Scout and Manchester, indicated by a topograph dedicated to Edwin Royce (of Rolls-Royce fame). The hill is owned by the National Trust and its name probably indicates the former location of a signaling beacon.

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