A plaque here gives historical details of Torr Vale Mill and Rock Mill. Rock Mill was a huge
mill covering all the land in the wooded area between here and location 6 and also
extending up the steep slope behind, where you can see the remains of its walls. The mill
had varied functions, being in turn a cotton mill, a calico print works and a paper mill.
It was demolished in the 1880s. If you look over the wall in front you will see a brown
sign which says 'Rock Mill Tailrace'. This marks the exit of a water course (tunnel) that
passed through the mill to drive the water-wheel. The exit itself is only visible by
descending the steps to the ‘beach’ below.
Torr Vale Mill (centre left) and the ruins of Rock Mill (front right) as they were about