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New Mills Central


Set in an area of dramatic natural beauty, New Mills, ‘the town with a heart’ stands above a rocky gorge known as The Torrs, where the river Sett meets the river Goyt. The town grew from a hamlet based around a 14th century corn mill and grew as the cotton mills developed in the 1780s.

Train journeys to New Mills Central station take around 30 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly and 47 minutes from Sheffield and are mostly operated by Northern Trains Ltd. Find up to date ticket and timetable information here.

Find a list of all New Mills Central station facilities, including access information here.

Although close to the centre of New Mills, access to Central station is not easy because the driveway to it is very steep. The Sheffield-bound platform can only be reached via a flight of steps. The Manchester-bound platform however is accessed from the driveway by a step-free sloping path. Call the Assisted Travel Team at Northern Trains on 0800 138 5560 before you travel should you need assistance.

The bus station is in the town centre at the top of Union Road and close to New Mills Central station.

Information about bus services at New Mills can be found by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visiting their website:

Details of local taxi firms can be found on the Onward Travel posters displayed at the station.

In New Mills you’ll find a vibrant, creative community and a mix of independent retailers, restaurants, cafés and pubs, art galleries, a leisure centre, plus of course, historic mill buildings.

High Lea Park, above the station, offers gardens, woodland and a large, well-equipped community-funded playground for all ages.

The Torrs Riverside Park is below the town centre where riverside footpaths meander amongst towering cliffs, under viaducts and over bridges. The impressive Millennium Walkway is a 175-yard aerial walkway spanning a cliff wall and only a few feet above the river. The park links to the more accessible Sett Valley Trail which runs along a former railway line connecting New Mills to Hayfield.

Find a selection of Walks around New Mills and information on access routes to the Torrs on this downloadable leaflet here.

If you’re planning a visit, have a look at all the town has to offer on the Visit New Mills website here.

On the other side of the valley, and close to New Mills’ second railway station at Newtown on the Manchester – Buxton Line, you can access the Peak Forest Canal and walk towards the flight of 16 locks at Marple or to the industrial heritage area at Bugsworth Basin near Chinley.

Friends of New Mills Stations

Friends of New Mills stations have reformed following Covid and are gathering momentum. The group take care of both the town’s stations and work closely with other New Mills community groups to raise awareness of their work and promote train travel.

They have links with the Visit New Mills team, Incredible Edible New Mills, Walkers Are Welcome and New Mills Arts Festival, enabling them to be truly embedded in the local community.

Keep up with the group’s activity on facebook @Friends of New Mills Stations