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Information about New Mills and Marple

New Mills is one mile downhill from Shaw Farm. It is a steep climb so takes 30 - 45 minutes to walk.

The Shops in New Mills

Our local town one mile away has two supermarkets, number of banks with cash machines, good range of small shops including an excellent Bread Shop, butchers, cafes, restaurants, take away outlets, pubs, Cycle repair Shop and swimming pool and leisure centre.

Information about the area can be found in the Heritage and Information Centre. Plays can be seen at the Art Theatre. Emergency facilities include Sett Valley Medical Centre and Grove Veterinary Hospital.

The Torrs Riverside Park

The Midshires Way passes through the centre of New Mills via the Torrs Riverside Park. The Torrs is a dramatic sandstone gorge running through the centre of New Mills. It is the site of old cotton Mills and weirs which can be seen up close from The Millennium Walkway built above the Goyt river. The New Mills Walkers are Welcome group have made some leaflets about scenic walks in the area which can be viewed on their website, or you can pick up a copy in the Heritage Centre.

Also in the Torrs is a community owned Hydro Scheme generating renewable electricity from the river which is well worth a look.

Bridge in New Mills Torrs
Weir on the River Goyt

Walks around New Mills

The Sett Valley Trail provides a traffic free route of three miles for walkers, cyclists and horse riders between New Mills and Hayfield. Cycle hire is available from Peak Tours who will deliver cycles anywhere in the Peak District.

The Peak Forest Canal passes through the town and provides a lovely walk along the towpath. Much of the district is rural in character with large areas still devoted to agriculture.


Marple is a larger town 10 minutes drive from New Mills and has a number of shops including a great traditional cinema which shows up to date films but still includes an interval for ice cream! The Regent Cinema is located here.

Marple also has a good Indoor climbing wall suitable for most abilities located here.