The popular village of Hayfield is a great base for exploring some of the highlights of the High Peak area of the Peak District National Park. It's proximity to Lantern Pike, Kinder Reservoir, Kinder Downfall and Kinder Scout are particularly attractive.
There's also the Sett Valley Trail, Pennine Bridleway and Pennine Way long distance footpaths running through the area.
This short walk takes you through the pretty village and then along the River Sett to Bowden Bridge. It's about 2 miles in length using paths on both sides of the water.
On the southern side of the river you use a section of the Pennine Bridleway. You can follow it a little further south to visit Elle Bank where there are some splendid countryside views.
To continue your riverside walking pick up the Sett Valley Trail and follow it in the other direction towards New Mills where you can visit the splendid Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Way. It's a delighful spot with a beautiful river gorge and a 160 metre long walkway elevated over the waters of the River Goyt. Here you can also see the Torrs Hydro, a micro hydroelectric scheme which makes enough electricity to supply 70 homes.
Hayfield Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Hayfield Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Hayfield
- Kinder Scout Walk From Hayfield - An epic circular walk from Hayfield, visiting Kinder Reservoir, Kinder Downfall and Kinder Scout
- Kinder Reservoir - This walk takes you to Kinder Reservoir from Hayfield along the Snake Path
- Sett Valley Trail - This splendid cycling and walking trail runs through the beautiful Sett Valley in the Peak District
- Lantern Pike - This climb to Lantern Pike from Hayfield makes use of the Pennine Bridleway
- Pennine Bridleway - This fabulous 120 mile long trail runs through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, through Lancashire and on into Yorkshire.
It is suitable for mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers taking you on a tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the country
- Kinder Downfall - Climb to the tallest waterfall in the Peak District on this circular walk from the Peak District village of Hayfield
- Pennine Way - This fabulous 268 mile path takes you through three of England's finest national parks
- New Mills - A circular waterside walk around the Peak District town of New Mills with sections along the River Goyt and the Peak Forest Canal
- Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Way - This special park in New Mills takes you through a beautiful river gorge with a fabulous 160 metre long walkway elevated over the water.
- Mellor - This circular walk takes you up to the Mellor Cross on Mellor Moor in Greater Manchester.
- Marple Bridge - This pretty village in Greater Manchester has some nice river and canalside trails to try
After your walk we recommend heading to the appropriately named Lantern Pike Inn in Hayfield. The interesting old pub dates from 1792, and has a very good menu. There's also a nice outdoor seating area where you can relax outside and enjoy views of the surrounding hills. You can find the pub in the village on 45 Glossop Rd, Little Hayfield with postcode SK222NG for your sat navs. The pub also does accommodation so you can stay over here if you need to.
The Peak District Pub Walk - The Inn Way starts and finishes in the village. The circular route takes you to over 50 pubs in the National Park. It's a great one for those into walking and pub history.