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Buxton and Peak Forest

Saturday 13 July 2019

We journey today to Buxton in the High Peak District of Derbyshire, which has the distinction of being the highest market town in England at around 1,000 feet above sea level. Famous landmarks include St Ann’s Well, fed by the geothermal spring bottled and sold internationally, along with many fine historic buildings. Our visit coincides with the Buxton Festival and Well Dressing celebrations so there will be plenty going on.

We take different routes out and return. We travel north by way of the West Coast Main Line as far as Warrington before striking east via Chat Moss to pass Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport. We then take the steadily climbing branch, winding as it climbs through Chapel-en-le-Frith to Bibbington Summit before descending into Buxton.

The station is conveniently located very close to the centre of town and we will have around two and a half hours to explore. It should be noted that the station platform is short and passengers will need to be able to walk through the train in order to alight and reboard.

Our return route takes us along lines that have not seen scheduled passenger trains for many decades. The train shunts out of Buxton station to gain the meandering Peak Forest line, still busy with heavy stone trains and once the haunt of the famous blue Midland Pullman, now just a fond memory.

We skirt the southern fringes of Manchester, via Chinley North Junction, Hazel Grove North Junction and Northenden to reach Altrincham. From here it’s on through Knutsford, Northwich, Middlewich and Sandbach to rejoin our outward route as we approach Crewe.

Our tours are often described as having ‘something for everybody’ and the statement is particularly apt in this case – a really interesting destination, fine scenery and a route that is full of interest.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

London Euston08.2022.10
Watford Junction (for M25)08.4021.45
Milton Keynes Central09.1021.15

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