Furness Vale lies between Whaley Bridge and New Mills Newtown.
Road, rail and canal run in parallel through the village and most of the residents’ houses creep up the hill away from the busy A6. Below the station is the Peak Forest Canal which once transported limestone from Bugsworth Basin to Manchester and beyond before the railway was built.
Train journeys to Furness Vale station take 38 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly and 20 minutes from Buxton.
Trains are operated by Northern Trains Ltd. Find up to date ticket and timetable information here.
The nearest bus stops are located on the A6 main road – turn left out of the station.
Information about bus services at Furness Vale 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.
While you’re at the station look out for the heritage footbridge and signal box as well as the level crossing operations. The flowerbeds on the Manchester bound platform were designed to represent the road, rail and canal which run through the village.
For circular walks around Furness Vale find information and routes here.
Alternatively you can walk along the Peak Forest canal towpath by turning right out of the station and downhill over the road bridge. It makes a pleasant walk with plenty of narrowboats and wildlife to see.
Turning left onto the towpath takes you to Furness Vale Marina and on to Goytside Meadow Nature Reserve on the edge of New Mills. A longer walk in the opposite direction will take you to historic Bugsworth Basin, and further, to Whaley Bridge. You can catch a train from either New Mills Newtown or Whaley Bridge to get back to where you started.
The Peak Forest Canal and Bugsworth Basin are looked after by the Canal and River Trust; you can find more information here.
Friends of Furness Vale Station
The small volunteer group at Furness Vale pride themselves on keeping the station flowerbeds in good order and have teamed up with their local school to do more for nature by putting in bird feeders, insect-friendly plants and bug hotels, plus a friendly scarecrow.
All of the volunteers work full-time and give their time at weekends to care for the station.
Keep up with the group’s activity on facebook @Friends of Furness Vale Station – FOFVS