May 2024 Social Walk 

Six of us took part in this walk which took us up to Twenty Trees then on to join the Snake Path.  We headed right towards the shooting cabins and took the path above the reservoir.  Once we got to William Clough we followed the stream down a short way and then walked back along the side of the reservoir which surprisingly wasn’t too muddy.  We stopped for a well-earned coffee and cake at  Rosie Lee’s on Kinder Rd. The weather was fine, luckily we avoided the rain that was forecast.  Total distance about 8K. Thanks to everyone that joined us.


April 2024 Mermaid’s Pool and Kinder River 12K

The walk went over varied terrain from dry to thoroughly wet. Mud abounded in places thanks to recent rain. The walk beside the Kinder River was challenging in parts. However, it all took place on a rare sunny day and everyone appreciated the variety it encompassed.

April 2024 Railway History Walk 6.5K

We walked the railway from New Mills to Hayfield with Colin Dival, spotting the many signs of this former railway line, now the Sett Valley Trail.  This was followed by a viewing of the delightful Railway Film ‘Rail to Trail’ at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Hayfield. The film included footage of the former railway and interviews with local people who used it. Many a fascinating story was told! 

March 2024 Social Walk

We headed up the hill on the Chinley side of Chapel rd. via Phoside farm.  From our high point we had views of Lantern Pike and could also spot Kinder Reservoir.  Our route down took us via the Sett Valley Café for a hot drink.  We finished by following the Sett Valley Trail back to the car park.  Total distance approx 5km.

February 2024 Social Walk

After a cold wet week, the weather was kind for our first social walk of the year.  We walked up to Twenty Trees then down to Little Hayfield, finishing up with a coffee at Marmalade.  The pace was steady and everyone enjoyed the morning.

March 2024 Hayfield Spring Clean

Several local organisations came together to organise this annual event, keeping Hayfield tidy with the help of local volunteers.  

November 2023 and January 2024  Leaf Clear

A big thank you to all the volunteers who joined us in November and January for our annual leaf clear from the campsite footpath.



October 2023 Lantern Pike Eventually

On a gloriously dry day a small group meandered to Lantern Pike via the Shooting cabins, the Knott and Carr Meadow. The highlight was accessing The Knott through the heather and enjoying the spectacular 360° view.

August 2023 The Knott and Middle Moor with The National Trust

Thanks to all who came on our walk today, and especially to Chris Lockyer from the National Trust, who helped us understand the Moors around us, and the High Peak estate. 


July 2023 A low-level circumnavigation of the Kinder Plateau 34K 

Unfortunately, this walk was rained off due to the exceptionally wet weather. 

June 2023 Searching for the Dog Stone

A fun hill walk searching for the Dog Stone. But did they find it? 

April 2023 Railway History Walk

Jointly organised with Hayfield Civic Trust.Colin Divall, Professor Emeritus of Railway Studies, led us on a walk tracing the path of the old Kinder railway from its start point in the village of Hayfield to the Kinder reservoir. He told the story of the building of the railway and we viewed images along the way to show how it once looked. Here are just a few. 

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March 2023 Litter Pick

Jointly organised with Sustainable Hayfield and Hayfield Civic Trust

A good number of local people turned out to help keep the verges of Hayfield and Little Hayfield clear of litter.


March 2023 The long route to Chinley Churn 12K

An invigorating walk! Plenty of weather, snow and ice. Clearing out the sinuses ready for spring. 

January 2023 Happy New Year!

Volunteers successfully completed the path clearance alongside the campsite. Spring is on its way 🙂  

December 2022 Big Stone in the snow 10K

Well that was fun! Blue skies, ice and snow, frozen ground, no wind, and full sunshine.  Some of us were more experienced at ice walking than others but we all made it back safely and smiling. 

November 2022 Path Clearing  

A group of five volunteers  made a good start on clearing the path alongside the campsite. Passers-by frequently paused to say thanks, which was uplifting.   We plan to complete it in December.

November 2022  The Knott 9K

A small group enjoyed a perfect walking day, going off path to the Knott then back down past 20 Trees to Hayfield. 

November11th 2022  Film Night 

There was a huge turn out for this inspiring evening of short films at the Royal Hotel, Hayfield.   Fascinating, awe-inspiring, and at times hilarious.  Thank you to the organisers from WaW. 


September 2022  The Walkers are Welcome stall at Hayfield’s annual Apple Day

It was, as usual, a fantastic day, organised by Sustainable Hayfield. The WaW stall highlighted the  group walks and the work to preserve and maintain footpaths.  A mild dry day with the occasional gust of wind. The apples provided excellent paper weights!

September 2022  High Risk Climbing to Extinction   Hayfield Walkers are Welcome hosted a book launch at The Royal Hotel, Hayfield, raising money for Kinder Mountain Rescue.

Brian Hall, Famed local Climber, Mountain guide and Mountaineer, who provides extreme location safety and rigging for the film industry, launched his first book in the Royal Hotel. During the illustrated talk, local resident Brian highlighted his book, published by Sandstone Press. A memoir that recalls the outrageous adventures of eleven of his friends who risked, and too often lost, their lives to stand on some of the world’s highest peaks at a turning point in mountaineering history. It looks back on the golden age of Himalayan mountaineering, from the mid-1970s to the 80s, which brought forth a generation of radical young climbers. With tiny budgets and high ambitions, they pioneered light and fast Alpine-style expeditions on mountains such as Jannu, Nuptse, Everest, and K2.


August 2022  Kinder’s Trig Points 27K   

We visited all three Kinder Trig Points on this guided walk.  Starting from Sett Valley car park, we followed the footpath to Hayfield campsite and from there ascended steeply to Kinder Low End via Tunstead Clough Farm.

The first trig point (633m) was reached from Kinder Low End.

We crossed the plateau to its highest point (636m) before reaching Crowden, then walked  along the southern edge looking down on the Vale of Edale,  eventually reaching the second trig point (590m).

The third trig point (624m) was reached after a long walk along the northern edge.

A steep walk down the Sandy Heys path took us to the foot of William Clough from where we took the reservoir footpath back to Bowden Bridge and Hayfield.  What an achievement! 

(Not to be attempted without an experienced map reader and good weather forecast)

August 2022  Hillhouses and Booth Farm 4.5K.  Another glorious day, with a fantastic turn out for this more accessible route.  From ages 3 months to 70 somethings, with three mobility scooters, a buggy and a sling,  we all survived the slopes and gravel paths.   

July 2022  Rowarth Loop 8K  After the extreme temperatures earlier this week, we started the walk in the humid mist, up the giggle gaggle. The air freshened as we strolled through undulating open fields, stopping for a drink at the Little Mill, Rowarth, then completing the loop back to Hayfield.  Leader Graham took the photo. 

July 2022  Hidden Kinder with Navigation 17K  It was a hot day but we managed it! We learnt a few navigation tricks along the way as we explored some of Kinder’s hidden places, thanks to navigation expert Chris. 

July 2022  Open Garden Trail  ‘Hayfield Walkers are Welcome’ is supporting a Kinder Mountain Rescue fund raising event. 

Nut Farm Cottage (Highgate Road, Hayfield) garden is open as part of Hayfield’s Open Garden Trail on Saturday 2nd July 10.00 – 4.00 to help raise money for Kinder Mountain Rescue.

Come along, if you can and bring your small change!

June 2022  Dragon’s Back 5K  A small group enjoyed  a medium distance walk from Hayfield, including the ridge known locally as Dragon’s Back. Great scenery for a 2.5 hour walk.

June 2022 Mermaids Pool. 14K. Sunday 12th June saw ‘Hayfield Walkers are Welcome’ leading a visit to Mermaid’s Pool. The party included four who had not visited the Pool previously. Despite the Mermaid failing to show, everyone enjoyed the spot. The walk continued via the plateau edge to the Downfall finally descending from Kinder Low. We look forward to welcoming more new walkers to our next event.

May 2022 The Woolpacks on Kinder 16K Dave and Chris led an adventurous guided walk to see the magnificent and fascinating Woolpacks.  For upcoming guided walks see our guided walks page.

April 2022  A busy stall. We were proud to be part of the Kinder Trespass 90th celebrations in Hayfield. Here’s Dave representing Walkers are Welcome in the stalls tent. There was a lot of interest in the guided walks. 

April 2022  Stile Action   Following our conversations with the National Trust, we are delighted to see that the stile on Dragon’s Back has been repaired. Thank you National Trust.

April 2022   The Kinder Trespass 90th     On 24th April, 1932, hundreds of men and women defied the law to walk over hills and moorland to the plateau of Kinder Scout, Derbyshire,in what would become the Peak District National Park.  Ninety years later, on 23-24th April 2022, Hayfield remembers the events of 1932.

Many walkers will be taking to the hills throughout the weekend, whilst the Saturday will see talks, stalls and music, organised by the Hayfield Kinder Trespass Group.

Join us around the Village Hall and outside the Royal Hotel to remember the events of 1932 and also to support current campaigns for access to our countryside.

March 2022  The Kinder Reservoir Circular 

Walkers are Welcome volunteers, Graham and John, led a great guided walk today up past 20 Trees, skirting past the shooting cabin, contouring above the Kinder Reservoir, down to the foot of William’s clough, then a clockwise direction around the reservoir and back into the village via Farlands. Beautiful weather and great company. A perfect day out.    For upcoming guided walks see our guided walks page. 

March 2022 Path Clearance

A group of  Walkers are Welcome volunteers cleared leaf debris from an important path within the village.  Many hands made light work. And a great deal of satisfaction.    Thanks to all the new volunteers who helped!

February 2022 Hayfield in the national News again!

Click on A great walk to a great pub : The Packhorse, Hayfield, Peak District,  to see The Guardian Newspaper on a walk, the pub, and the historic Kinder Trespass.

  August 2019  Hayfield has always been a friendly and welcoming village but now it’s official! Led by a new group, the village has just been officially accredited Walkers Are Welcome status by the national initiative which was set up to promote walking in areas with something different to offer. The aim of the group is to promote Hayfield as ‘walker-friendly’, to maintain local footpaths, to encourage local residents to walk more and to benefit local businesses by attracting tourism. They hope also to encourage walkers to use public transport where possible, and to park considerately.  The group has  received financial support from Hayfield Parish Council, the Hayfield Kinder Trespass Group and the Alpkit Foundation. There are plans to work with local Rangers, the Peak & Northern Footpaths Society, the Ramblers and other local walking groups, and particularly the very active Sustainable Hayfield group, to help promote the Walkers Are Welcome initiative.