Sett Valley Trail
Walking the Sett Valley Trail is a fun, easy-going experience in Derbyshire that will take you from the town of New Mills to the neighbouring village of Hayfield. The trail utilizes an old railway line that runs parallel to the River Sett, making for a scenic and not-too-difficult route that can easily be done in under an hour. If you want to complete the walk as an out-and-back, simply double back along the same trail to return to the starting point where you began your journey.
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Route Description for Sett Valley Trail
While the Sett Valley Trail in Peak District NP is only a short one-way walk, the trail can often become busy with people from either New Mills or Hayfield that are looking for a spot of exercise. Make sure to arrive early enough to secure parking if you are driving into the trailhead.
Additionally, this trail can be done as an out-and-back, but make sure to give yourself extra time to cover the double distance.
Although this is a quick route, it is full of some nice scenery along the Sett Valley that includes Torrs Riverside Park, the winding Sett River, and several stretches of beautiful forest. This former railway line is relatively flat, making it perfect for walkers of all ages and skill levels. The next time you find yourself in New Mills and need to get to neighbouring Hayfield, ditch the car and take this arsenic journey through the charming Sett Valley.
Setting out from the trailhead at the northern end of Torrs Riverside Park, follow the path east, as it crosses over a bridge that spans the flowing waters of the River Sett and passes under Hyde Bank Road. Continue on for 0.2 km, passing under Church Road and keeping right to avoid leaving the path. After another 0.2 km, pass straight through the junction in the trail and enter under the shady canopy of the forest.
From the junction, continue through the tranquil forest atmosphere for 1.1 km, as you pass by the winding River Sett and cross a bridge over Watford Bridge Road to arrive at a fork. Keep left here and you will quickly meet up with High Hill Road. Cross over to the other side and pick up the path, continuing east along the wide track with fields on your right. After crossing the road, keep straight for 1.1 km, until you come to a fork in the path.
Follow the path to the left, passing by the Sett Valley Cafe to cross over Station Road. From here, pick the trail back up and go left at the next junction. Keep straight here for the next 0.9 km, as you pass the calm waters of the Birch Vale Reservoir on your left and eventually arrive at an intersection with a perpendicular track. Pass straight through and continue on for 0.4 km, keeping left at the fork to enter the village of Hayfield.
Having wrapped up your journey along the Sett Valley Trail, take some time to explore and find a quiet pub or restaurant for some post-walk refreshments. If you are planning on making the return journey by foot, retrace your steps along the track to gain a different perspective on the scenery that you just witnessed.
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Insider Hints for Sett Valley Trail
- Parking at the trailhead can be limited, arrive early or find street parking in the vicinity.
- This walk can also be done as an out-and-back by doubling back along the same trail, although this will obviously increase the overall distance.
- There are plenty of spots for post-walk refreshments at the end of the trail in Hayfield, such as Colosseo Italian Bar, the George Hotel, and Millie’s Cafe and Chocolatier.
Getting to the Sett Valley Trail Trailhead
To reach the car park for the Sett Valley Trail from Newtown, drive north along Albion Road for 1.0 km and turn left onto Union Road. After 0.3 km, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Market Street and follow it for 38 m. Make a right onto Rock Street and after 64 m, continue straight onto Lower Rock Street. Keep on for 21 m and turn left to arrive at the car park.
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