Furness Vale – Buxton Line
The village of Furness Vale lies between Whaley Bridge and New Mills Newtown on the Manchester to Buxton Line.
Close to the station is the Whaley Bridge arm of the Peak Forest Canal which was an important transport link for goods to reach Manchester before the building of the railway in 1857. The canal towpath can be accessed from the road bridge just down the hill from the station. It makes a pleasant walk with plenty of canal boats and wildlife to see.
As you get near New Mills some splendid views across open meadows and the River Goyt open up.
When you see and smell the large Swizzells sweet factory as the towpath leads you into New Mills it is just a short diversion to reach the road going up the hill to New Mills Newtown Station. A quick train ride back to Furness Vale makes a comfortable round-trip very possible.
Back at the station there are some interesting features to enjoy including The Crossing public house right next door if you are hungry or thirsty.
The station is dominated by the passenger footbridge which connects its two gently curved platforms and the bridge provides a good view of the signalman in his signal box operating the barriers for the road level crossing at the platform ends.
Passenger facilities at the station
Each platform is accessed from the road through a wooden gate and is step-free, although up a slope until the main part of the platforms is reached. Moving from one platform to the other can be done using the footbridge or using the road over the level crossing.
Please note that the station is not staffed and the only ticket machine is on the Manchester platform, so please allow time to purchase your ticket, particularly if you are travelling towards Buxton from the platform on the opposite side of the tracks.
Both platforms have a small waiting shelter and notice boards with timetables in them. There are no Customer Infomation Screens at present to give real time information on whether your train is running to time, so please listen out for messages over the public address system.
Cyclists are provided with five securing hoops for their bikes in a covered shelter on the Manchester platform and there are two securing hoops on the Buxton platform.
The nearest bus stops are located nearby on the A6 main road just a little higher up the hill from the station near the Soldier Dick pub. There are two key services, both operated by High Peak Buses. The ‘Skyline 199’ runs half-hourly between Buxton, Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Disley, Stockport and Manchester Airport. Service 61 runs hourly between Buxton, Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Glossop, although less frequently on Sundays.
Furness Vale Station Friends Group
The small volunteer group at Furness Vale pride themselves on keeping the station flowerbeds in good order and have recently teamed up with the local school children to do more for nature by putting in bird feeders, insect-friendly plants and bug hotels plus a friendly scarecrow.
The children have also been busy producing a colourful welcome banner for the station showing animals and people on an imaginary train.