New Mills Heritage Centre and Torrs Riverside Park, Derbyshire Peak District
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.
New Mills Heritage Centre and Torrs Riverside Park
|The New Mills Heritage Centre stands on the corner of the main street of New Mills and above one of the paths leading down to The Torrs, a 30m deep sandstone gorge through which the River Goyt flows below the centre of the town.|
The Heritage centre has displays on the history of New Mills, a model of the town as it was in 1884, and a shop selling guides and other publications. It also sells tea and coffee.
The Torrs Riverside Park offers spectacular views of the River Goyt and the gorge it has created, with interesting items of industrial archeology along the way. Carved through the sandstone at the end of the ice ages, the gorge was both a major transport barrier and a source of water power for local industry. At the bottom of the gorge is the old bridge across the river and soaring high above it is Union Road Bridge, built in 1884 to span the river at cliff-top level and standing 94 feet above the gorge.
Also in the gorge and along its sides are the remains of various mills which exploited the water power to drive their machinery. Torr Vale Mill stands on a bluff opposite the Heritage Centre and dates from the 1780s. It is now disused and crumbling, but operated as a textile mill until 2000 - the longest continuous cotton manufacturing in England.
Down in the gorge, the ruins of Torr Mill stand at the junction of the Sett and the Goyt - this burned down in 1912 and was not rebuilt. Next to it is the Torrs Hydro - a modern community owned hydroelectric scheme.
For walkers, the Torrs Riverside Park forms a link between the Goyt Way and the Sett Valley Trail and the Millenium Walkway was constructed in 1999-2000 to complete the link between these. 170m long, it is an elevated steel walkway above the River Goyt, allowing walkers to pass the section of river where the railway embankment abuts it. The project was funded with Lottery cash and won several awards. It's a spectacular piece of engineering.
New Mills Heritage Centre and Torrs Riverside Park Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
How to get there
Just off the main street through the centre of New Mills
By Bus: Regular buses to and from Stockport
By Train: The Heritage Centre is only a few yards from New Mills Central Station and less than 1km from New Mills Newtown station.
When is it open?
Heritage Centre open Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm. Also open on Bank Holidays.The Torrs Riverside Park is open all day every day.
What does it cost?
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.
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