Welcome to the New Mills and District Website
The New Mills group is a long-established walking group. We are one of almost 500 groups across the country that is part of The Ramblers, a charitable organisation of 100,000+ members, whose goal it is to promote the enjoyment and benefits of walking and to protect and enhance where we walk.
Walking may help you to stay healthy, live longer and keep happy. Walking regularly may help to reduce the risk of illness and can help manage and recover from a range of medical conditions. it is a low impact exercise that most of us can participate in and enjoy.
Our group’s area covers the Derbyshire’s High Peak between the two cities of Greater Manchester and Sheffield.
This is a wonderful area for walking. It includes the Dark Peak with Kinder Scout, which is the highest point in England south of the Yorkshire Dales and the White Peak with its interesting limestone scenery. Our walks programme ranges across this area with trips further afield to North Wales, the South Pennines , and other places within reach of a day trip. Social events include meals out and short breaks away in Spring and Autumn.
We usually meet in New Mills, from where we car share to the start of the walk. At week ends the meeting point is Torr Top Car Park and mid week it is the Co-op Car Park. You do not need to be a car owner to join our walks! For certain walks there may also be an option to travel by public transport to the start point.
Our Wednesday walks are around 6 Miles long and there are occasional Saturday walks. There are walks virtually every Sunday and these are usually 9 miles plus.
We warmly welcome new members and also members from other Ramblers groups who are visiting the High Peak and who have found our walks on this website or through the national Ramblers website. If you are a newcomer, the leader will ensure that you are introduced to the other members on that day's walk.
If you are new to walking you are welcome to try us out - just turn up! You may contact the walk leader for information about any specific walk if you are concerned about whether you are fit enough for it, or you may contact a member of the committee about our walks more generally. You will need to be adequately equipped with appropriate footwear and clothing, waterproofs, food and drink, plus a rucksack to carry them. There's no need to spend a fortune on these initially. Our more experienced walkers will be happy to provide further guidance on equipment should you need it.