On the history trail of New Mills’ underground park

Mike Daniels and Stephen Lewis move the new board into place.
Mike Daniels and Stephen Lewis move the new board into place.

Lottery funding is helping spread the word about the history of New Mills’ unique ‘park under the town’.

New Mills Heritage and Information Centre has taken delivery of a new Torrs Gorge interpretation board.

Sponsored by New Mills Local History Society and backed by a £6,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the information panel has taken pride of place in the courtyard of the Rock Mill Lane centre.

Administrator Mike Daniels said: “This really is a magnificent panel, and located as it is near the gate the eye-catching graphics will extend the centre’s audience by attracting the attention of passers-by.”

Designed to appeal to all ages, the board tells the story of the gorge from its formation during the last ice age, through its place at the heart of the industrial revolution in New Mills, to ‘the park under the town’ that visitors and residents enjoy today.

Time-travelling birds explain the story for children, while adults can get to grips with ice that flowed up - not down - the valley.

The centrepiece of the board is a trail plan, guiding visitors to viewpoints from which the geological and historical features may be appreciated, including the recent rockfall. A new Torrs Trail leaflet is available to accompany the walk.

In celebration of the new addition, an official opening will take place at 2pm on Saturday April 16, followed by a walk along the trail, returning to the centre for light refreshments. Complimentary trail guides will be available.