Lying between Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield is a typical Peak District town and the starting point for many walks up onto the desolate moorland that is Kinder Scout. As anyone who has visited one of our holiday cottages there will know, the village was a former woollen centre but is now a thriving town with good local shops and pubs and a lively music scene with a strong jazz tradition.
The town is best known as the starting point for the Kinder Mass Trespass of 1932, which eventually led to public access being granted to what was once privately owned land, ultimately resulting in the creation of the Peak District National Park, the busiest of all the UK’s national parks and freely enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.
Some of the most popular routes up on to Kinder originate in Hayfield. Follow in the footsteps of the famous Trespass and begin at Bowden Bridge at the back of the village to walk up William Clough to the left of Kinder Reservoir. From here a well-trodden path takes you to Kinder Downfall, where the river Sett plunges some 100ft in vast plumes of spray, over massive gritstone boulders in the Peak District’s largest natural waterfall. This area is popular with climbers and mountain bikers, and access to the Pennine Way trail can be gained here.
If you would like to see Hayfield for yourself, why not take a look at our self catering holiday cottages there?