Dove Holes is a small White Peak village up on the limestone hills outside Buxton.
The village’s name is believed to derive from the Celtic word dwfr, which means water, hence Water Holes or Dove Holes, rather than the dove family of birds. Historically it developed as a community due to quarrying of the pale, porous limestone rock which gives the White Peak area its name. Quarrying is still a key industry and local employer here, along with the famous Buxton Water plant which is on the edge of the village at Waterswallows.
Train journeys to Dove Holes station take 55 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly and 6 minutes from Buxton and are operated by Northern Trains Ltd. Find up to date ticket and timetable information here.
Dove Holes station had its moment of fame when it featured in Lewis Capaldi’s video for ‘Someone you Loved’, with his father Peter Capaldi waiting on the platform at the beginning and end of the film.
Find a list of Dove Holes station facilities, including access information here.
Please note that if you are travelling from the Manchester-bound platform, you need to allow time to buy your ticket over on the Buxton platform side first, before heading over the bridge via the road to the other side.
Dove Holes station makes a great starting point for walks over the hills to Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith or Castleton. Closer to the village, just behind the cricket pitch, you’ll discover a hidden gem: a large neolithic henge called the Bull Ring, a scheduled monument and a surprising sight in the midst of village development.
Dove Holes and its surrounding area can be found in the OS Explorer map L24 White Peak.
The nearest bus stops are located on the main A6 road which is just a short walk away along Station Road. Turn left when you reach the main road. Information about bus services at Dove Holes can be found by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visiting their website: www.traveline.info
Details of buses and local taxi firms can be found on the Onward Travel posters displayed at the station.
Friends of Dove Holes Station
Formed in 2020, the small group of local community residents get together to make the station a pleasant place to be. Platform planters and artworks brighten up the environment without detracting from the stone walls and dramatic views of the hills rising up beyond the Manchester-bound platform.
Keep up with the group’s activity on facebook @Friends of Dove Holes Station