New Mills – Millenium Walkway - Mousley Bottom - Woodend - Marple

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New Mills: a History

This is a very interesting linear walk, following the River Goyt for half of the way then the Peak Forest Canal to Marple. The walk along the Millennium Walkway along and over the River Goyt is of particular interest. See the longer description for a brief history of New Mills; this will help greatly in understanding the environment you are walking within.

Terrain: riverside paths and canal towpaths. It is in the area formerly known as Bowden Middlecale, which was a grouping of ten hamlets. The name of New Mylne (New Mills) was given to it from a corn-mill, erected in 1391, near to the present Salem Mill on the River Sett in the hamlet of Ollersett. This was adjacent to a convenient bridge over the Sett. By the late sixteenth century the name was applied to the group of houses that grew up round it. Coalmining was the first industry of the area, with up to forty small pits and mines exploiting the Yard Seam. The climate, good construction stone and the availability of stable land by fast-flowing water was ideal for cotton spinning. Cotton mills and print-works were built in the Torrs Gorge from 1788. Dwellings were built on the sides of the gorge, sometimes with one home built on top of another, both being entered at their respective street levels. Examples still exist on Station Road and Meal Street. By 1810, New Mills had nine cotton mills, plus three weaving mills and at least three print-works.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


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