|Overlooked by Kinder Scout, Hayfield is an old village which was once a staging post on the pack-horse route across the Pennines from Cheshire to Yorkshire. The old pack-horse route went from here the up the Sett valley and over the watershed at Edale Cross (where the old stump of a cross still exists) and descended Jacob's Ladder into Edale. The age of the settlement can be seen from the old cottages which survive around the centre of the old village, and some of the farms around here date from the late 17th century.|
In the 19th century cotton arrived followed by the railway and Hayfield grew enormously so it now straggles down the Sett valley and merges into Birch Vale and New Mills. However the old centre of the village, to the east of the main road which cuts the village in two, is really quite charming, with a fine church and lots of old cottages. It is also packed with amenities for the visitor with pubs, shops and cafes.
The main importance of Hayfield for the visitor is that it is the gateway to the west side of Kinder and the narrow road which leads off the side of the Royal Hotel takes you in that direction. On the way it passes another pub, the Sportsman, before arriving at Bowden Bridge quarry, the starting point for the famous 'Mass Trespass' and now a car park with public toilets and a small Peak Park camp site opposite.
The road to Glossop takes you via Little Hayfield, a small hamlet about 1km north of the main village. The mill here survives, though it has been converted into flats, and the pub here is called The Lantern Pike after the sharply pointed hill which overshadows the place. It's well worth an ascent - the view is excellent.
Hayfield Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
0 - Hayfield cottages alongside the River Sett
1 - Hayfield War Memorial and Royal Inn
2 - Hayfield view from Hollinworth Head
3 - Hayfield - mass trespass plaque
4 - Little Hayfield and Kinder Scout from Lantern Pike
5 - Hayfield from Lantern Pike
6 - Birch Vale print workers cottages
7 - New Mills view from Ollersett Moor
8 - Kinder Scout from Hayfield reservoir
9 - Hayfield from Mount Famine
Local places of interest
Bugsworth Canal Basin
Bugsworth Canal Basin is the terminus of the Peak Forest Canal, once linked to the Peak Forest Tramway - a primitive railway which brought limestone down from the quarries at Dove Holes. The basin was restored in 2005.
Chestnut Centre, Chapel-en-le-Frith
The Chestnut Centre otter and owl sanctuary has otters, owls, wild cats, foxes and other animals. Based near Ford Hall, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire.
Chinley New Chapel
Chinley 'new' Chapel, Derbyshire, is a beautiful early nonconformist chapel. Founded by William Bagshawe, the 'Apostle of the Peak', and John Wesley preached here.
New Mills Heritage Centre and Torrs Riverside Park
The New Mills Heritage Centre is a museum with a display about the history of New Mills. The Torrs Riverside Park is in the gorge below the museum and has spectacular scenery and industrial archeology.
Sett Valley Trail
The Sett Valley Trail is a cycle trail which follows the line of the former railway between Hayfield and New Mills, Derbyshire.
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