Birch Vale is a village in the High Peak district of Derbyshire, just outside the boundary of the Peak District National Park, between New Mills and Hayfield. Most of Birch Vale, including the attached village of Thornsett, comes under the administration of New Mills Town Council, though the small part to the east of the Grouse public house is within the boundaries of Hayfield.
There are no shops, but five public houses: the Grouse, the Vine Tavern (currently closed) and the Waltzing Weasel on the main A6015 road and the Sycamore and the Printers Arms in Thornsett. There is a primary school in Thornsett. Until 1970, Birch Vale had a railway station on the branch line from New Mills Central to Hayfield with through trains to Manchester Piccadilly. Today the trackbed of the former railway line carries the Sett Valley Trail, and the nearest railheads are the stations in New Mills — Central and Newtown — about two miles away. There are frequent bus services into New Mills, Hayfield, Glossop, Buxton and Stockport.
Birch Vale's most famous daughter is the TV presenter Tess Daly who grew up there.