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Peak District Towns and Villages: Glossop

Villages around Glossop

Hadfield & Padfield

Hadfield and Padfield are two former mill villages which lie just over the hill to the north of Glossop, overlooking the Longendale Valley. The villages merge into each other and mostly consist of neat terraces of gritstone-built terraced houses constructed in the heyday of the cotton industry in the late 19th century. This area was badly hit by the decline of the cotton industry in the 1960-70s but has recently rebounded, and much of the area is now occupied by Manchester commuters.

The railway which once linked Manchester to Sheffield via Woodhead has now been closed and terminates at Hadfield station - from here the rest of the line eastwards now comprises the Longendale Trail, a cycle and walking trail through this picturesque valley.

Hadfield has recently achieved fame (or maybe notoriety) as the location where the BBC's 'League of Gentlemen' series is filmed.

Melandra Castle
0 - Melandra Castle
Glossop - Norfolk Lion at railway station
1 - Glossop - Norfolk Lion at railway station
Glossop - Norfolk Square and Market Hall
2 - Glossop - Norfolk Square and Market Hall
Glossop - Star Inn, a railway inn
3 - Glossop - Star Inn, a railway inn


Rowarth is a tiny village situated high on the hillside above New Mills in the north west of the Peak District, though it is most easily reached from Mellor or Marple Bridge as the roads from New Mills are rather circuitous.

The village dates essentially from the 1780s, when at least six watermills were constructed along the stream which runs through here. The mills span cotton or made candlewick and some operated until the early 20th century. Their legacy is some pretty stone-built workers' cottages in the centre of the village, plus Atherton House (dated 1787), which was a mill-owner's house, and the Little Mill Inn, a former mill which is now a pub.

Alongside the Little Mill Inn is a working waterwheel, which is usually turning. The original (and the building which housed it) was destroyed by a great flood in 1930, and the current wheel is a reconstruction.

About 2km to the north is Cown Edge, with fine views over Glossop and Manchester and best accessed from the A624 Hayfield-Glossop road, and just to the west of this is Robin Hood's Picking Rods - an enigmatic pair of dressed stones set in a crude stone base. Nobody has any clear idea what this monument is but the stones bear some similarities to the Bowstones above Lyme Park and to Cleulow Cross in Cheshire, which are Mercian or Norse boundary stones or crosses, so the Picking Rods could be something similar.

Between Rowarth and Hayfield is Lantern Pike, a prominent hill now in the ownership of the National Trust. This offers an excellent viewpoint over the Sett Valley, Hayfield, Kinder Scout and northwards.

Hayfield view from Hollinworth Head
0 - Hayfield view from Hollinworth Head
Hayfield cottages alongside the River Sett
1 - Hayfield cottages alongside the River Sett
Robin Hoods Picking Rods near Cown Edge
2 - Robin Hoods Picking Rods near Cown Edge
Hayfield from Lantern Pike
3 - Hayfield from Lantern Pike
Little Hayfield and Kinder Scout from Lantern Pike
4 - Little Hayfield and Kinder Scout from Lantern Pike
5 - Rowarth
Rowarth - restored mill wheel
6 - Rowarth - restored mill wheel


Tintwistle was once a sleepy little village on the River Etherow at the bottom of Longendale but now carries the busy A628, Manchester to Sheffield road. A substantial estate of newer houses has been built below the original village, doubling or trebling its size.

Nevertheless Tintwistle is an excellent base from which to explore the Longendale Valley and the surrounding Dark Peak uplands, which offer excellent and often challenging walking.

The old village is perched on the hillside above Bottoms Reservoir, the last of the Longendale reservoir chain. The main road now bypasses the old village centre, which retains much of its old charm with rows of old cottages, a Methodist Chapel and a pub, the Bull Inn.

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