HOPE VALLEY LINE
The village of Bamford originally developed around its corn mill, which later became a cotton mill, and is now residential accommodation. The road through the village is the connecting route from the Hope Valley up to the Snake Pass, Ladybower reservoir and the Upper Derwent Valley.
Bamford offers a small number of shops, cafes and pubs, most notably the Angler’s Rest. This building is owned and managed by the local community, who bought it from the brewery. The Anglers now provides a pub, restaurant, café and Post Office all in one place for residents and visitors to enjoy.
The centre of Bamford village is about 15 minutes’ walk from the station, the last stretch being uphill. The Friends of Bamford Station have produced a helpful welcome guide for visitors to their village.
Train journeys to Bamford station take 50 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly and 22 minutes from Sheffield.
Most of the stopping trains are operated by Northern Trains Ltd. Find up to date ticket and timetable information here.
The nearest bus stop is 100 metres away on the road which passes over the railway. Turn left and downhill on the road from both platforms. Buses stop at the turning circle here for both directions of travel.
Information about bus services at Bamford can be found by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visiting their website: www.traveline.info
Details of local taxi firms can be found on the Onward Travel posters displayed at the station.
Walk or cycle the Thornhill Trail to reach Thornhill Carrs Reserve (1.5 miles) and further on, Ladybower Reservoir (2.5 miles). The trail is now a nature-filled route but was once a railway line which carried stone to build the Derwent Dams.
A simpler route to Ladybower is to walk up through the village of Bamford and continue following the main road.
The Beautiful Bamford Walk is downloadable and starts and finishes at Bamford station.
Besides its beautiful setting amongst the hills above Bamford, Ladybower Reservoir is famous for the special role it played during World War II as the training ground for the RAF “Dambuster Raids” over Germany. On commemoration days the sole remaining operational Lancaster bomber plane is flown low over the Derwent Dams for sightseers.
Rising above the village on the skyline is the prominent gritstone cliff of Bamford Edge which offers clear views towards the Derwent Dams. There’s a footpath leading up from the village which you’ll find on the OS Dark Peak OL1 map.
There is a map of the area at the station and a circular walk route from Bamford station which can be found here.
Friends of Bamford Station
The Friends of Bamford station (FoBs) are a group of community-spirited volunteers who care about Bamford station and their village.
Formed in 2015, the group has strong support from local residents and regular users of the station. They have brightened up the platforms with garden planters, installed more seats and considered visitors’ needs by providing maps and information about the area. The FoBs worked with Sheffield University to get the welcome information translated for Chinese visitors, many of whom visit Bamford Edge due to its regular appearance in a popular Chinese TV series.
Keep up with the group’s activity on facebook @Friends of Bamford Station