GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Way

1 miles (1 km)

This special park in New Mills takes you through a beautiful river gorge with a fabulous 160 metre long walkwayelevated over the water.
From the walkway you can enjoy the rushing water below with waterfalls, weirs and interesting industrial buildings. The site is also home to the Torrs Hydro, amicro hydroelectric scheme which makes enough electricity to supply 70 homes. The park is located in the town centre and can be easily reached from New Mills Central train station. There are other paths on both sides of the river which allow you to turn it into a longer Millennium Walkway circular walk.
If you would like to extend your walking in New Mills then you could continue along the Goyt Way. The route runs along the River Goyt and the Peak Forest Canal to the nearby Whaley Bridge. Also nearby is the wonderful Lyme Park with miles of cycling and walking trails set in a beautiful deer park.

Postcode

SK22 3BN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Next to the park and the river you will find the conveniently located Rock Tavern. They have a good menu and a sunny garden area if the weather is fine. You can find them at Wirksmoor Road with a postcode of SK22 3HJ. They are also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Dog Walking

The park is fine place for a dog walk. It's popular so expect to bump into other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north of the park there's the climb to the Mellor Cross to try. The religous cross marks the site where Methodist John Wesley preached during the 18th century. There are fine views from the elevated position of the site. Near here is also the pretty little hamlet of Rowarth. Here you will find the Little Mill Inn, a delightful Grade II listed inn set in a former candlewick mill,with a waterwheel in the adjacent stream. The historic mill is well known locally and includes an outdoor area with ducks and geese on the river, chickens roaming free and rabbits in a large outdoor pen. Our walk from the village climbs to the geologically fascinating Cown Edge Rocks and Robin Hood's Picking Rods.
On the eastern side of New Mills you can pick up the popular Sett Valley Trail. The shared cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line to Hayfield. On the way there's bluebell woods, a small reservoir and a delightful little cafe to stop off at.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.

Photos

The Torrs, New Mill - geograph.org.uk - 1206714

This used to be a dangerous overgrown area but is now a pleasant spot for a walk and was proving very popular on a March Sunday. The remains of Torr Mill are left of centre. The green mesh covered device is "Archie" an archimedean screw in reverse that uses falling water to turn a generator (normally a motor turns the screw to lift water). This supplies the local Co-operative store and was churning out 40 kW when seen.

The Torrs, New Mills - geograph.org.uk - 21871

Road bridge over the River Goyt in The Torrs at New Mills.

Torr Vale Mill, New Mills - geograph.org.uk - 1206699

Torr Vale Mill from above. On the extreme left is the site of the long demolished Rock Mill, then the weir, then Torr Vale Mill. The chimney appears to have been shortened. The Swizzel Matlow works is in the background.

New Mills, Torr Vale Millennium Walkway 1667

Torr Vale Millis in "The Torrs', a gorge through Woodhead Hill Sandstone inNew Mills. It lies in a loop in theRiver Goyt, downstream from the confluence with theRiver Sett. Over the river is railway and the Millennium walkway. This photo shows the Start of the walkway with a dedication to Stan Brewster.

New Mills, Torr Vale Millennium Walkway 1668

"The Torrs', a gorge through Woodhead Hill Sandstone inNew Mills, a village in thePeak District. It lies in a loop in theRiver Goyt, downstream from the confluence with theRiver Sett. Over the river is railway and the Millennium walkway. Photo shows a spot on the walkway above the weir.

The Torrs from under Union Bridge New Mills - geograph.org.uk - 2712915

Rock climber on The Torrs from under Union Bridge.

The weir at New Mills - geograph.org.uk - 4208843

The weir at New Mills

New Mills, Torr Vale below 1661

Walking dogs above the weir

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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