New Mills

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

Shops and entertainment

Our local town one mile away has two supermarkets, cash machines and a good range of small shops including a bread shop, butchers, and many good cafes, restaurants, takeaways and pubs, and a swimming pool and leisure centre.

Information about the area can be found in the Rock Mill Centre in the centre of town next to the main bus stop. Plays can be seen at the Art Theatre. Emergency facilities include Sett Valley Medical Centre and Grove Veterinary Hospital.

new mills town hall
Dave Bevis / New Mills Town Hall / CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

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

new mills torrs hydro

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.

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.

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 Rock Mill Centre.

river goyt


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 at the Ridge Climbing Centre suitable for most abilities located here.

Alan Murray-Rust / Marple Wharf / CC BY-SA 2.0
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