Chinley – Hope Valley Line
Alighting from the train at Chinley Station you are immediately struck how the local geography influenced the development of the village.
To the north of the station the heights of Cracken Edge tower over the community. Explore the old quarry workings up there and gain a magnificent view of the landscapes all around Chinley.
Heading south out of the village for 2kms or so you will find Eccles Pike, an area of National Trust land offering yet more outstanding views of the surrounding area. The summit has been helpfully provided with a topograph which points to and names the key features you can see from your vantage point.
If a walk on more level ground appeals to you instead, perhaps combined with an interest in local history and industrial heritage, then about 2kms to the west of Chinley you will find the small but fascinating community of Buxworth.
Today it’s hard to take in how busy this area once was but if you follow the signs to Bugsworth Canal Basin you will be pleasantly surprised to learn about the history of this former inland port. Here stone from a number of local quarries was brought down the hillside on the Peak Forest Tramway and transhipped into canal barges for transportation along the Peak Forest Canal towards Manchester and Liverpool www.bugsworthbasin.org Enjoy some refreshments in the peaceful surroundings of the Navigation Inn www.navigationinn.co.uk during your visit to the canal basin.
Local events to enjoy
- Look out for the Family Fun Day in July held at Bugsworth Canal Basin.
- The Community Association at Chinley hosts a Village Summer Fair in July and a Christmas Market in November www.chinleyca.org.uk
- In August the Eccles Pike Fell Race is held. This is one of the oldest fell races in the country and sees the competitors tackle a climb of 1001 feet from the Navigation Inn at Bugsworth Basin to the top of Eccles Pike www.goytvalleystriders.org.uk
- September sees the popular Old Hall Inn Beer & Cider Festival take place at the inn and the nearby Paper Mill Inn. From the centre of Chinley follow Green Lane south for 1km into Whitehough for a warm welcome from the landlord www.old-hall-inn.co.uk. Also associated with this event is a folk music train from Manchester Piccadilly to Chinley with the band playing on board and then at the inns. Great fun!
- For a great day out in October for steam enthusiasts, do go and see the Buxworth Steam Party. A variety of steam engines and other interesting machinery gather around the canal basin and at the War Memorial Club (Facebook: @buxworthsteamparty)
Facilities in Chinley
Most of the shops and amenities in the village are found on Lower Lane and Green Lane, only five minutes’ walk from the railway station. (From the station exit footpath, carry straight on downhill and then turn left on to Lower Lane.)
Shops in the village include a convenience store, a post office which also sells fine cheese and beer, a butchers shop, a newsagents open 7 days a week, a launderette and a pharmacy. There are public toilets on Green Lane.
Food and drink are well catered for by an Indian restaurant and takeaway, a chip shop, a pizzeria takeaway, the Tea On The Green Café plus the Old Hall Inn and the Paper Mill Inn found down Green Lane in nearby Whitehough.
Chinley Station – important information about access to the platforms
Please be aware before you start your journey that the only way to get on and off the platforms at Chinley Station is by a footbridge. It is therefore not possible for people confined to a wheelchair to use this station. (Contact the Northern Trains Assisted Travel Team on 0800 138 5560 and they can help you with taxi transport to an accessible station nearby if Chinley is the origin or destination of your journey.) Other passengers with walking difficulties, pushchairs or heavy luggage may also find it difficult to use the footbridge.
Chinley Station – facilities for passengers
The only entrance/exit for the station is by way of a short footpath leading from/to Station Road. There is a timetable and other travel information in noticeboards alongside the footpath plus a traditional public telephone box. The platforms for Manchester trains and Sheffield trains are both accessed via the footbridge. A ticket machine is located inside the waiting shelter. Free wi-fi is available at the station and work to install CCTV cameras is underway.
Bicycles can be stored in the covered cycle shelter located on Station Road next to the station car park. (N.B. There are no cycle hoops on the platforms at this station.) The car park entrance is on Station Road and it’s about 300m to walk to the station entrance further along the road. The nearest bus stops to the station are also on Station Road near to the station car park and cycle shelter. Currently Service 190 run by High Peak Buses serves the station and village on its journeys between Buxton and Whaley Bridge.
Chinley Station Volunteers
The volunteer members of the Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group (C&BTG) work hard to promote cycling, rail and bus transport in Chinley and its’ neighbouring villages. They have adopted Chinley Station with the approval of Northern Trains and look after it with pride on behalf of their community.
On the platforms look out for the Herbs On The Line garden planter. (You can take or leaf or two home to flavour your dinner.) Also look for the series of informative community noticeboards telling you about local events in Chinley, the activities of the Transport Group and the history of the station. In steam train days it was much larger than you see now.
In 2018 an attractive display board and plaque was unveiled for the group by Liam Sumpter, the Regional MD of Northern Trains, to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Chinley Station. Artwork by children from local schools is frequently displayed inside it, demonstrating the ties between the local community and its’ station.
Due to the considerable problems with passenger access to the station (see the Access notes in the main article alongside) the volunteers devote a lot of their time to lobbying the Government and the rail industry to invest in the station and provide a step-free access route from Station Road onto the platforms.
For example, in 2018 they worked with a wide range of organisations and local supporters to prepare documents and evidence to support an application by Northern Trains to the Department for Transport for “Access For All” investment funding for Chinley Station. Regrettably, competition from other stations across the whole country for the same funding was fierce and Chinley did not make it through to the 2019 shortlist. C&BTG resolved however to continue their campaigning whilst looking for other funding opportunities from the Government and rail industry.
More information about the activities and campaigning work of Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group can be found on their website: www.chinleybuxworthtg.co.uk