Hayfield is an attractive stone-built village on the River Sett. It lies close to Kinder Scout, a moorland plateau that includes the highest point in Derbyshire (636m). Hill-walking, fell-running and mountain-biking are probably the most popular activities for visitors.
Hayfield is surrounded by the Peak District National Park and was the site of the Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932, a key moment in the history of rights of way in the United Kingdom.
- Stagecoach 358, Stockport–Marple–Hayfield/Glossop, hourly (Timetable)
- High Peak Buses 61 Glossop–Hayfield–New Mills–Whaley Bridge–Buxton, hourly during the day, no evening service (Timetable)
- High Peak Buses 64 Glossop–Hayfield–New Mills–Whaley Bridge–Macclesfield, twice daily, not Sundays (Timetable)
Nearest railway stations (accessible by bus or taxi):
- New Mills Central (3 miles): trains from Manchester Piccadilly (c.30 mins) and Sheffield (c.55 mins)
- New Mills Newtown (3 miles): trains from Manchester Piccadilly and Buxton (c.26 mins)
- Glossop (7 miles): trains from Manchester Piccadilly (c.33 mins)
Via M67/A57/A624 or M60/A6/A6015 from Manchester and the west; A57/A624 from the east; A6/A624 from the south. There is a large pay-and-display car park at the Countryside Centre on the site of the former railway station (Station Road), close to the village centre; follow brown tourist signs for Sett Valley Trail. Parking in the village centre is limited. For walks to the east of the village, follow signs to the campsite and park at or near Bowden Bridge Car Park (20 spaces; £3.50 per day as of 2013). Free parking is often available along the roadside near the car park, but there is no parking beyond the car park.
Hayfield is a small village and can easily be explored on foot.
Hayfield Countryside Centre, Station Road, ☎ . Visitor centre, with local maps and booklets, toilets available. At eastern end of Sett Valley Trail.
Kinder Scout. Probably the destination of most visitors to Hayfield, Kinder Scout is a moorland plateau containing Derbyshire's highest point, and highest waterfall.
Bowden Bridge (1 mile east of village along Kinder Road; fork right at Bowden Bridge car park). An attractive 18th-century packhorse bridge.
- Hayfield village. Within the village, for architecture buffs, are St Matthews Church (Grade II listed; largely 19th-century), a number of rustic weavers' cottages and the 17th-century Fox Hall.
Kinder Scout. Hayfield and Edale are the traditional starting points for ascents of Derbyshire's highest hill (636m). From Hayfield, the nearest point to the hill with public parking is Bowden Bridge Car Park (20 spaces; £3.50 per day as of 2013) on Kinder Road about a mile east of the village centre. There is a plaque here commemorating the Mass Trespass. The main focus of most hikes is Kinder Downfall (a 30-metre waterfall, impressive in spate but little more than a trickle most of the time). A visit to the Downfall requires a minimum walk of 6 miles (around 3 miles each way) from Bowden Bridge with around 400m of ascent over sometimes rough ground; reasonable fitness is required, and inexperienced hillwalkers should not attempt the trip during bad weather. The two most common routes to the Kinder plateau, which combine to form a circular route of around 7½ miles from Bowden Bridge, are via Kinder Reservoir and William Clough, or via Tunstead Clough Farm and Kinderlow End.
Other walks. Other possible destinations for shorter day walks include Kinder Reservoir, Lantern Pike or Edale Cross/South Head. A linear walk to Edale (via various routes) is possible, returning via train to New Mills Central, and then a bus back to Hayfield.
Short walks. For the less ambitious, easy strolls with mild gradients may be had westwards from the village along the Sett Valley Trail to Bluebell Wood Nature Reserve (best in spring) and beyond, or upstream along the River Sett (Kinder and Valley Roads) towards Bowden Bridge. The Calico Trail is a recently conceived short walk around the village, visiting sites associated with the local calico-printing industry; leaflets are available from the Countryside Centre.
Well dressing. Local wells are decorated with flower petals in artistic designs, in July of each year. The wells are blessed in a Christian ceremony, and a leaflet describing a route visiting each well is produced and sold for charity.
Hayfield Country Show and Sheepdog Trials, Spray House Farm, Little Hayfield. This popular event, including various rural exhibits, demonstrations, stalls and businesses, and involving a fell race as well as the main event of the sheepdog trials, takes place every September.
Hayfield Cricket Club. Hayfield CC play each Saturday afternoon between late April and early September; the picturesque riverside ground is behind the Royal Hotel in the centre of the village. Free.
Hayfield Countryside Centre, Station Road, ☎ . Local maps and guidebooks.
Village Store, 15 Church St, ☎ . Decent takeaway sandwiches, cakes and pies + off-licence and groceries, etc.
Pubs and bars
Restaurants and tearooms
Golden Galleon, 10–12 Church Street (SK22 2JE), ☎ . Traditional fish and chips.
Sett Valley Café, Station Road, Birch Vale (one mile west of Hayfield village on Sett Valley Trail), ☎ . 10AM-2.30PM weekdays, to 4PM weekends. Recently reopened small café on Sett Valley Trail; serves typical café grub (all-day breakfast etc.) but also home-made specials.
Pubs and hotels
Hayfield Campsite, Kinder Road (SK22 2LE; follow Bank St then Kinder Rd for approx. 1 mile east from village (signposted)), ☎ . 90 pitches; no caravans.
Hayfield Countryside Centre, Station Road, Hayfield, High Peak SK22 2ES, ☎ .