A small and attractive village located between New Mills and Hayfield, Birch Vale sits on the edge of the Peak District National Park within the valley that funnels out into Hayfield and the Peak districts highest mountain Kinder Scout. The local architecture is typical of settlements within the Dark Peak typified by the use of local Gritstone both in housing and dry stone walling.
Birch Vale sits along side the Sett Valley trail, a scenic route that runs through the base of the valley connecting the village with Hayfield and New Mills. It is highly popular with walkers/runners and cyclists and provides a green arterial route between local areas. The village has few local amenities other than several public taverns however its un-developed character only exemplifies the tranquil surroundings that make living in the countryside such a rewarding experience.
There is a primary school in the neighbouring hamlet of Thornsett.
Birch Vale, High Peak, Derbyshire
Tel: 01663 744 391
Secondary schooling is found in the Neighbouring village of New Mills
New Mills School Business & Enterprise College
A comprehensive school occupies the buildings of the former New Mills Grammar School and educates children from 11 to 19 years of age
Tel: 01663 743 284
Parish Church St. Matthew
St. Johns Methodist Church
New Mills Revival Church
Hayfield Surgery Old Bank Surgery
Tel: 01663 744 246
New Mills Surgery Sett Valley Medical Centre
Tel: 01663 743 483
Good road links to surrounding areas.
Several bus service providers give connections to surrounding towns and villages of New Mills, Hayfield, Glossop, Buxton and Stockport.
New Mills Central (Station Rd) – Manchester – Sheffield
New Mills Newtown, Albion Road – Manchester – Buxton.
Sett Valley Trail
The Sett Valley Trail is two and half miles in length and used for recreational purposes by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It follows the former track of the railway line that linked Hayfield with Manchester as far as New Mills. The route forms part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail between Hayfield and Birch Vale and is of outstanding natural beauty.
Birch Vale & Thornsett Cricket Club
Hayfield Road, Birch Vale, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 4QJ
Derbyshire & Cheshire League.
Secretary David Waterhouse
Tel: 0161 456 4874 or 07791 569435
Restaurants & Public House
The Grouse, The Vine Tavern and the Waltzing Weasel are situated on the main A6015 road and The Sycamore in Spinner Bottom.