Glossop – Glossop Line
Glossop is a busy Victorian market town with a wealth of attractions for the day visitor and the holiday maker. These include a good range of independent shops, cafes and well-known retail stores, splendid public buildings and attractive open spaces for leisure activities.
Much of the town centre and its historic buildings – including the station – have conservation status. Relaxing on a park bench in Norfolk Square near the station makes a fine vantage point to take in the atmosphere of the town.
Ten minutes from the town centre lies Manor Park which offers a seasonal miniature railway, lake and café, Rose Gardens, children’s playground and plenty of space for everyone!
Close to the park are the charms of Old Glossop centred around the historic Parish Church. A waymarked trail leads you around the village with interpretation boards to explain Glossop’s ancient past and the importance of the textile industry to the growth of the town.
Especially important are Glossop’s links with the Dukes of Norfolk whose family, the Howards, once owned much land in the area. The 13th Duke of Norfolk built Glossop station and the branch line from Dinting. They were very influential in the shaping of the town in Victorian times.
Heading left onto Howard Street from the station takes you in the direction of the Victoria Hall and, from here, it’s only a 5-minute walk to Howard Park – a charming park built around a stream and small lake with Glossop’s award-winning Victorian Swimming Pool nearby.
The station is a good starting point for a range of walks onto the surrounding hills and, for the very keen walker, the Pennine Way long distance trail passes over the summit of the Snake Pass and Bleaklow Head about 4 miles east of the town.
Passenger facilities at Glossop Station
All trains to Glossop are operated by Northern Trains as part of their Manchester Piccadilly – Glossop/Hadfield service. There are two trains per hour on Monday-Saturday plus extra ones at peak periods. On Sundays there is an hourly service.
Currently the price of an Off-Peak Return Ticket is £6.70 from Manchester to Glossop.
The railway station at Glossop is located right in the heart of the town making access to Glossop’s tourist attractions, leisure facilities and retail outlets very convenient.
The station forecourt features traditional cobblestones and on top of the station building you can see an impressive stone carving of a lion. This is the symbol of the Duke of Norfolk whose family paid for the station to be built at the end of the one-mile branch-line from Dinting Junction.
Inside, the station retains many of its original features from when it was built in 1847. The old ticket office serving windows are in place, although the office itself is now the very pleasant Twig coffee house, and in the booking hall is an example of a 19th Century post-box engraved VR – Victoria Regina.
The station is very well looked after by the ticket office and ticket gate staff, assisted by the Friends of Glossop Station who have added many items of interest to tell the story of their town and its railway (see separate panel of information about the group).
Access to the station building and platform for wheelchairs and wheeled luggage is all on the level from the pavement outside.
The ticket office is staffed every day of the week until early evening. The ticket office includes a low-level counter for ease of use by people in wheelchairs. A ticket machine is located inside the booking hall for use by passengers when the office is closed.
The waiting room has recently been refurbished by Northern Trains and a toilet with facilities for the disabled is available to holders of a Radar Key. New customer information screens have been installed around the station and the attractive heritage-look lanterns are modern reproductions which make use of low energy lighting units but help retain the original appearance of this Grade II-listed building.
Cyclists are catered for by the provision of securing hoops and connections into local bus services are easily made at the bus stops on Henry Street just down from the station.
High Peak Buses Service 61 connects Glossop each hour on Monday-Saturday with Hayfield, New Mills, Whaley Bridge and Buxton. This service does run on Sundays but to a less frequent timetable. For more details please visit: www.highpeakbuses.com
High Peak Service 394 links Glossop to Marple and Hazel Grove on Monday-Friday. Services 390 and 393 operate local routes around the town. Stagecoach Service 237 operates seven days a week and links Glossop with Hadfield, Stalybridge and Ashton-under-Lyne.
On Fridays Only, a minibus provided by South Pennine Community Transport operates Service 351 from Glossop to Torside Reservoir Visitor Centre, then over the summit of Holme Moss and into Holmfirth. This is a very useful service for walkers on the Longdendale Trail or for exploring the moors between Glossop and Holmfirth.
Glossop Station Friends Group
The award-winning station volunteer’s group at Glossop Station is long-established and highly respected in the community rail movement.
The Friends regularly put on some great community events such as the Santa Train at Christmas and the Teddy Bears Picnic event during the summer. With strong backing and involvement from Northern Trains, these events successfully attract families and children to have a ride on a train and find out what goes on at the station. An early introduction to rail travel for the passengers of tomorrow.
Over the years the Friends have also done much to conserve and enhance the historic features of the station to make it a welcoming place in the community which is valued by everyone who uses it. Tasks which the Friends group have undertaken include:
- Renovating the external railings around the station
- Painting the lampposts, girders and alcoves
- Hanging baskets and window boxes inside the station – these are changed four times a year to mirror the seasons
- Hanging baskets outside the station
- Regular cleaning of the interior
- Providing an illustrated map of the town for tourists showing all the facilities, attractions and historic features
- History interpretation boards inside the waiting rooms
- A small art gallery featuring local artists which always brightens up the waiting room
- A Poetry Platform display featuring famous and local poets
- Seasonal Christmas Decorations around the station including a tree, with an invited guest switching on the lights
- the establishment of a garden on the Embankment opposite the platform with permission and assistance from Network Rail
Also, there is a remarkable connection between land-locked Glossop and the seaside town of Lowestoft. A blue plaque and a display board in the waiting room tell the fascinating story of the 600 wartime evacuee children who were hurriedly evacuated in June 1940 from their homes in Suffolk to the relative safety of this town nestled in the Derbyshire hills. Events have been held at both stations with local residents getting together again to remember what happened and the adventures they had a long time ago.
More information about the Friends group can be found on their website www.friends-of-glossop-station.co.uk