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An invigorating walk, which after leaving the Sett Valley Trail climbs steadily up to Lantern Pike for glorious views over Kinder Scout and Hayfield. On a clear day with the aid of the viewfinder on Lantern Pike you will be able to pinpoint well known landmarks on Kinder Scout.

On the return journey Little Hayfield soon comes into sight and after passing Firbob Cottage, Clough Mill is seen close to the footpath. Opened as a cotton mill in 1830, it had to be protected by troops against attack from local spinners who felt the new technology threatened their livelihoods.

The final part of the walk takes you on a short riverside walk by the River Sett back into the centre of the village.


Length: 4.5 miles.

Start/finish: Sett Valley Trail Car Park on the left for Glossop bound traffic on A624.

Location: On A624 road from Chapel en le Frith to Glossop.

Terrain: Long steady climb up to Lantern Pike. Rocky in places and can be muddy.


1.    Leave the car park by the Sett Valley Trail, after about one mile turn right by a footpath sign immediately after passing Birch Vale Reservoir.

2.    Keeping the manufacturing plant on the left and the reservoir on the right go over a footbridge and through a stile, straight ahead up to a stile at the top of the field.

3.    Follow a fenced path to a narrow tarmaced lane, turn left up the lane as it bends sharply to the right to a ‘T’ junction by a row of cottages.

4.    Walk to the right of the cottages and by the last one turn left at the ‘Public Bridleway’ sign up a surfaced lane.

5.    Follow the lane as it gradually deteriorates into a rough track and swings to the left, through a gate with a ‘National Trust Lantern Pike’ sign.

6.    Here you can either follow the bridleway (go to number 8) or, keeping close to the wall on your left, climb to the top of the hill.

7.    At a small wooden stake indicator turn right and follow the ridge path, passing a stone pillar with a stainless steel view pointer set in the top. The route then soon descends back to the bridleway by another ‘National Trust Lantern Pike’ sign.

8.    Continue down the bridleway and turn left across a large field heading to the upper of two gates by a multiple signpost and take the route signed ‘Carr Meadow via Brookhouses,’ going straight on down the lane past Blackshaw Farm.

9.    Go right along a drive towards a cottage at a sign ‘By How Meadow to Little Hayfield’.

10.   Just before reaching the cottage take a stile to the right and keeping the fence on the right continue up the field until the fence turns sharply uphill. At this point go straight across the field maintaining the same level to enter an area of woodland.

11.   Go through the wood keeping a broken stone wall on your left and across a short field before turning left down a stony track past Firbob Cottage to reach a lane.

12.   Follow the lane, continuing straight on as it bends through a stile and within 100 yards go through a wicket gate on the left downhill soon to join Bank Vale Road.

 13.   At the end of the road turn left into Swallow House Lane and just past Lea Road go to the right and enter a small park.

14.   Follow the path alongside the river, walking underneath the village by-pass road into Market Street and turn right.

15.   Fork to the right over the bridge and follow the road round between the Bull’s Head and St. Matthew’s Church along a path which bends to the left to the subway under the A624 and back to the start of the walk.


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Glossop Heritage Centre (Tel. 01457 869176) contains a permanent exhibition of Glossop’s history and changing exhibitions of general interest. A Victorian kitchen illustrates what life used to be like in this interesting old town. Please telephone for opening details or visit website.

The Torrs Millennium Walkway a much admired walkway set deep in the the spectacular Torrs Riverside Park and gorge at New Mills. The walkway forms the final link in the Midshires Way long distance footpath.

The Sett Valley Trail follows the track of the railway line that linked Hayfield with Manchester as far as New Mills. There is an Information Centre at the former station at Hayfield and a car park.  


The Packhorse Inn (Tel. 01663 740074) over 400 years old this pleasant old pub, standing at the bottom of Kinder Road, still provides refreshment for the traveller. Food is served at lunchtime and in the evening. A friendly welcome for walkers!



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The village of Hayfield sits peacefully in the narrow valley of the River Sett, surrounded by some of the wildest hills in the Dark Peak.

Tourists now come to walk on Kinder Scout, or to explore the much gentler valley of the River Sett. For many years Kinder was barred to walkers, being preserved as a grouse moor.

The peace was interrupted on Sunday 24 April 1932 by the famous Kinder Scout Mass Trespass.

Arthur Lowe, the son of a railway worker, was born in Hayfield. He is best remembered for his role as Captain Mainwaring in the well known television programme ‘Dad’s Army’.

In Little Hayfield a mile to the north, Tony Warren created the television series ‘Coronation Street’. Pat Phoenix, who starred as Elsie Tanner, also lived in the village. Park Hall, a fine old house, is situated close by where Joseph Hague, who rose from rags to riches, once lived. He started work as an itinerant pedlar before becoming very wealthy and giving most of his money away.

The annual Hayfield Sheepdog Trials and Country Show take place at Little Hayfield in September.

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