New Mills Newtown – Buxton Line
Set in an area of dramatic natural beauty, New Mills stands above a rocky gorge, known as The Torrs. It is where the River Sett meets the River Goyt.
The town grew from a hamlet based around a 14th century corn mill known as ‘newmylne’ and as the cotton mills developed in the 1780s, the town became known as New Mills.
The Newtown area of New Mills and its railway station is about a mile south of the town centre and grew up around the success of the mill factories and the Peak Forest Canal on the south side of the river valley.
The opening of a railway line in 1857 to Stockport and Manchester brought further prosperity to the Newtown side of the valley and eventually led to the line being extended southwards to Buxton. This is what we know today as “The Buxton Line” from Manchester Piccadilly and it should not be confused with “The Hope Valley Line” between Manchester and Sheffield which provides a second station for the town at New Mills Central.
The town has a fabulous mix of independent food retailers and a good selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs plus of course historic mill buildings. If you walk from Newtown Station to the centre of town you can’t help but see and smell the Swizzels Matlow Sweet Factory alongside the canal and main road.
New Mills is a “Walkers Are Welcome” town and it’s a great starting point for a varied range of walks to suit your own needs. Take the Sett Valley Trail over to Hayfield and walk through moorland scenery to the top of mighty Kinder Scout; or enjoy easy-going along the towpath of the Peak Forest Canal, accessed from Victoria Street near Newtown Station; or stroll beside the River Goyt in the Torrs Riverside Park close to the town centre.
To top it off New Mills boasts the impressive Millennium Walkway, an innovative 175-yard aerial walkway spanning an inaccessible cliff wall and only a few feet above the surface of the river. A wonderful experience when the river is in full flow.
For more information about what to see and do in New Mills, please click on this link to the New Mills Central page.
Passenger facilities at New Mills Newtown Station
There are trains to Manchester and Buxton every hour which are operated by Northern Trains www.northernrailway.co.uk
A day return from Manchester Piccadilly to New Mills Newtown is currently £7.30 and the journey takes 30 minutes. Travelling from New Mills Newtown to Buxton takes 27 minutes and a day return ticket costs £7.70.
The station is situated on Albion Road and has a ticket office on the Buxton platform which is staffed on Monday – Friday mornings. A ticket machine is available when the station building is closed.
There are waiting shelters on both platforms and these are connected by a footbridge over the railway tracks. The footbridge is the original ‘steam age’ structure from 1863 and was refurbished and repainted by Network Rail in 2020.
Step-free access to the Buxton platform is available from the car park or down a sloping path from Albion Road near the station building. The Manchester platform also has a step-free access route from Albion Road which is located over the road-bridge and higher up the hill but note that it is a long sloping path down from the road to the platform. Obtain your rail ticket from the ticket office or ticket machine on the Buxton platform if you are a wheelchair user before proceeding to the Manchester platform, as this side does not have ticket-issuing facilities.
Accommodation for five bicycles is available in a purpose-built shelter on the Buxton platform.
A pair of bus stops on Albion Road serve Newtown railway station and are located near the car park entrance. High Peak Buses Service 61 runs hourly on Mondays to Saturdays but less frequently on Sundays between Buxton – Whaley Bridge – New Mills – Hayfield – Glossop.