Chapel en le Frith
The unusual name of this town derives from French, meaning ‘Chapel in the Forest’. The keepers of the Royal Forest of the High Peak built a lodge or chapel here in the 1200s. Today, the town replaces the forest and offers a range of independent shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and a supermarket along its main street, which is about 1 mile from the station.
Train journeys to Chapel-en-le-Frith station take 48 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly and 11 minutes from Buxton.
Trains are operated by Northern Trains Ltd. Find up to date ticket and timetable information here.
Please note that access from the car park onto the Manchester-bound platform is via the level crossing over the railway tracks. Please read the safety notices next to the crossing gates before going across.
The nearest bus stops are half a mile away on Manchester Road.
Further information about bus services at Chapel-en-le-Frith 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.
Chapel, as it is known locally, developed around its 13th Century Church of St Thomas Becket and the later 18th Century Church Brow with a traditional cobble-stone marketplace featuring an ancient market cross and stocks used for the punishment of petty criminals.
The town’s leisure facilities include a Memorial Park with picturesque grounds and space for children to play, a leisure centre with a gym and indoor and outdoor sports facilities and a golf course on the outskirts of town. Surrounding the town is the countryside of the High Peak, waiting to be explored.
Chapel station is a good starting point for some outstanding walks, to Eccles Pike, Combs Moss, Castle Naze or across to Combs reservoir. For shorter, heritage-themed walks in the area find the ‘Walks around Chapel-en-le-Frith’ leaflet here or collect a Bumblebee Safari leaflet from the station to go on a nature walk. Walks leaflets are available from the station exit gate on platform 1.
Another option for a walk is to try the Combs Moss audio trail, available here:
Friends of Chapel-en-le-Frith Station
The Friends group at Chapel (FoCS) take care of their station’s flowerbeds and grounds around the car park, including the installation of a ‘Seat with a View’. There’s also a ‘Bumblebee Safari’ walk leaflet to pick up from the station, offering routes to follow in search of bumblebees.
Over time the Friends have organised and paid for items such as the wooden station name running-in boards at the platform, artworks by Eamonn Murphy depicting local highlights and an original gradient marker post on the Buxton platform. The mounting of a blue memorial plaque on the station building commemorates the lives of the two railwaymen tragically killed in a 1960s steam train accident and the group have restored and displayed an original wagon buffer salvaged from the wreck of the train involved.
Inside the waiting shelters you will find illustrated panels describing the history of the station and the impact of the railway on the development of the town.
Keep up with the group’s activity on facebook: @Friends of Chapel-en-le-Frith Station