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Address: Wirksmoor Road | Torrs Riverside Park, New Mills SK22, England
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+44 1663 898070
11:00 - 17:00
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The Torrs Hydro is located on the site of Torr Mill, a textile mill built...

The Torrs Hydro is located on the site of Torr Mill, a textile mill built in 1790 which was destroyed in a fire in 1912. The turbine actually sits in location of the original mill pit, where the water wheel would have been sited. Some of the original stones from the mill pit now line the surroundings of the turbine. The scheme has been built using local stone and is designed to blend into its post-industrial location. Careful landscaping and the provision of two picnic tables have enhanced the amenity of the site.Torrs Hydro works very closely with the Environment Agency, the guardian of the nation's rivers. They funded and own the fish pass incorporated into the scheme to allow upstream access for migratory fish. This will help the salmon which now enter the Mersey, downstream of the Goyt, access more spawning grounds. The slow rotating nature of the turbine itself is inherently fish friendly. There is no need to screen fish as they can pass through the turbine unharmed.Torrs Hydro is located in the Torrs Riverside Park in New Mills, Derbyshire. This amazing gorge is right underneath the town centre and is easily accessible by train to New Mills Newtown or Central stations, bus or car.Enter the Torrs Riverside Park from The Rock Tavern (Wirksmoor Road, Newtown), from New Mills Central station via the Millenium Walkway, from Hurst Lea Road, via steps from the town centre at the bus station or Rock St, from Hyde Bank Road and from Church Road adjacent to the entance to the Co-Op Car Park (Endsor Way on the map).There are great views of the Hydro scheme from the Union Road and Church Road bridges over the gorge.There are picnic tables close by to the Hydro and cafes and pubs in the town directly above the gorge. Regular Open days to see behind the scenes of the Hydro and fish pass will give you an insight to the countries first community owned and managed Hydro - check the website or torrs hydro blog for further details.

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Engineering enthusiasts would enjoy this site!!

If you combine the walk,stop off to see the hydro pump,and the millennium walkway it all makes a great historical visit.I enjoy history.and found the industrial element... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
Redditch, United Kingdom
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Stockport, England
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222 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

One of the more modern but equally fascinating aspects of the Torrs Riverside Park in New Mills. Just a short well signposted walk from New Mills Central rail station. The Hydro seemed to be generating a constant 37Kw while we were there at the weekend. As I said it's a modern addition to the fabulous industrial history of this spectacular... More 

Thank Peter H
England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

A sweet small reverse archimedes screw the powers the local co-op. It is lovely to see it up close, and to see how proud the locals are of it.

Thank HelloElHierro
High Peak
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Archie (the hydroelectric reverse Archimedes screw) is worth a visit, not least because he's a rare sight, churning away in a lovely narrow gorge where the Sett and Goyt rivers meet. Nearby the double viaduct carrying the early railway over the Goyt, still in use. Nearby, the Millenium Bridge slung along a vertiginous embankment, and the ruins of the old... More 

Thank Edwina J
England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

It's a turbine (a reverse Archimedian screw turbine), generating electricity from the water moving it. The story's the community that made it happen, really. Been several times over the years. The area is striking, and nice to walk through, but not a must-see destination. Between this and the weir next to it, it's a very loud place, so the picnic... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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321 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

If you combine the walk,stop off to see the hydro pump,and the millennium walkway it all makes a great historical visit.I enjoy history.and found the industrial element informative.

Thank jerseyjeanette
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

It is a nice spot so worth stopping by but I have never seen it working. If you want to see on working go to the one near Marple Garden Centre where they seemed to have sorted out the technical problems.

Thank Oldtuggo
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Nice little walk & good for photo's. It's not busy & quiet too. Lovely light coming in through the trees.

Thank 396VinnyT
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

This place is magic . I can walk very little but it provided a long level walk with few steep parts. The children climbed rocks and the dog ran himself to a standstill but i was able to join in by relaxing on benches and walls at regular intervals. Well worth a visit with a camera .

Thank Lin A
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

I was aware of the Torrs Hydro project for several years but only recently got round to visiting it. I wasn't quite sure what to expect other than it is Archimedean screw hydro turbine, called Archie. If you are interested in engineering it is a curiosity worth a look. It generates enough green electricity to power a local supermarket. For... More 

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

After walking along millenium walkway walked along to the hydro which is spectacular with lots of info on history and the hydro. Amazing architecture and lots of wildlife and a great place for walking and taking photos

Thank Carol P

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