HOPE VALLEY LINE
Edale is on the Hope Valley line which runs between Sheffield and Manchester PIccadilly. The journey takes you through the breathtaking scenery of the Edale Valley, with Mam Tor and the Great Ridge rising up to one side and the foothills of Kinder Scout to the other.
The Edale Valley lies to the south of Kinder Scout. In Elizabethan times the valley was effectively a large cattle ranch based around five royal farms. The settlements along the valley are called ‘booths’, once herdsmen’s shelters, and have now become the hamlets of Upper Booth, Barber Booth, Ollerbrook Booth and Nether Booth. The central ‘booth’ was Grindsbrook Booth, now known as Edale village.
Train journeys to Edale station take 44 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly and 32 minutes from Sheffield. Most of the trains are operated by Northern Trains Ltd. Find up to date ticke t and timetable information here.
Edale does not have any regular bus services. The nearest villages served by bus are Castleton, 3 miles over the hills and Hope, 5 miles along the valley. Details of local taxi firms can be found on the Onward Travel posters displayed at the station.
Next to the station is the Penny Pot café, which used to be the station house. You can pick up a free walks leaflet there which offers a variety of routes and has been part-funded by our Community Rail Partnership. Real time train information is also on display inside the café.
Wander up the narrow road into the village and you’ll find the church, primary school, pubs, cafe and a general store. The Peak District National Park’s Edale Visitor Centre is also in the village, where you’ll find plenty of information about the area.
There are several options for walks in the valley; a selection of downloadable walks are available from the National Trust and Let’s Go Peak District. Make sure you download before you arrive as the signal in the valley is intermittent.
The Kinder Mass Trespass
Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District and was the focal point for the Mass Trespass of April 1932. At the time, access to countryside was restricted by private landowners and a momentum of protest about this had built up during the 1920’s. Workers in city factories and mills wanted to be free to walk in the fresh air and moorlands of the Peak District on their days off but access was denied. The trespass was organised by workers in Manchester and Sheffield; it was their actions which helped to establish National Parks as open spaces for everyone to enjoy. The Peak District National Park was the first to open in the UK, designated in 1951. You can take a walk and listen to the story of the Mass Trespass here. Make sure you download before you arrive as the signal in the valley is intermittent.
Friends of Edale Station
The station adoption volunteers at Edale are very enthusiastic supporters of the station. They work hard to make the station a welcoming place for the many visitors to the area as well as for the local community.
Look out for the photographic panoramas on the platforms by a local photographer, the artwork by local school children and the Moors For The Future planters which showcase the very special moorland plants and wildlife to be found in the area. The group continue to develop their ideas to celebrate their village, its railway and the local biodiversity.
Keep up with the group’s activity on facebook @Edale Station Friends.