Why New Mills is the perfect destination for a daytrip
Often regarded as the gateway to the Peak District, the picturesque town of New Mills has plenty to offer visitors and residents alike.
How do I get there?
The quickest route on public transport is via a direct, long-stop Manchester Piccadilly bound Northern train from Sheffield railway station to New Mills Central. This takes approximately 40 minutes. For those heading there in the car, the most direct route is to take B6539 to Brook Hill/A57; follow the A57 to the A6013 in Derbyshire; get on A6 from A6187, Sparrowpit Buxton A623 A6 and Sheffield Road; follow A6 to Albion Rd/A6015; drive to Longlands Rd in New Mills. This takes approximately one hour, five minutes.
What is there to do?
New Mills is a brilliant destination for those who enjoy a good walk, and a must-see attraction for hikers is the spectacular Torrs Millennium Walkway. It was completed in 1999, standing on stilts above the River Goyt, and created a route through the previously impassable gritstone gorge at Torrs, New Mills which is an area of exceptional natural beauty and unique industrial archaeological heritage.
The Sett Valley trail is a good, and accessible, walking route. It is a 2.5 mile traffic-free green corridor for people and wildlife. Being a former railway, the trail provides an easy access route and allows everyone to share in the hills. It follows the track of the former railway line that linked Hayfield with Manchester as far as New Mills. There is a Visitor Centre at the former station at Hayfield and a car park.
Visitors should also stop off at the New Mills Heritage Centre, which is housed in several rooms on the ground floor of a converted building in Rock Mill Lane. It includes the Museum, an Information Centre, a shop and a small café and generates income by selling publications, maps, trails, sundries, and light refreshments. The Centre publishes books on aspects of the history of the town and its area as well as guided history trails and welcomes research and study enquiries.
It also has a selection of charming independent shops that are well worth your time.
Where is good to eat and drink?
Gioia Mia Cafe on Market Street is a popular spot for lunch, coffee and cake, and specialises in a combination of traditional English and authentic Palestinian dishes.
The Pack Horse Inn on Mellor Street is another popular place for food. They have a wide-ranging menu of starters, mains and desserts, as well as a children’s menu, and they also cater for vegetarians and celiacs.
There are plenty of fantastic pubs to visit if you fancy a drink, including Pride of the Peaks on Market Street; Rock Mill Brewery’s bar on Back Union Road and Rock Tavern on Wirksmoor Road.