Grindleford – Hope Valley Line
Grindleford is a very popular destination for walkers and climbers because of the variety of landscapes it has to offer nearby including open moorland, the wooded river valley of the Derwent, several gritstone escarpments, and access to the hilltops and open vistas of the Hope Valley which lies out to the north-west of the village.
Padley Gorge is a delightful local beauty spot featuring a stream and waterfalls tumbling steeply down a wooded hillside from the moors at Longshaw at the top of the gorge, high above the railway station. The gorge is a great place for a walk and a picnic. It’s extremely photogenic in summer and autumn, so do bring your camera.
The footpath alongside the stream and up the gorge to the moors starts very close to Grindleford Station, about 30 yards beyond the end of the road bridge over the tracks. Look for the National Trust sign and the stile in the wall.
A less strenuous walk alongside the gently flowing waters of the River Derwent can be found by walking away from the station past Padley Chapel, crossing over the railway bridge and then walking down the fields to the river. Heading north-west, the village of Hathersage is about three miles away where you could catch a train back to Grindleford to make a pleasant round-trip.
Facilities in Grindleford for visitors
Visitors seeking refreshments are well catered for by a number of establishments including the Maynard Hotel and Bar at the top of the station driveway, the National Trust Visitor Centre at the Longshaw Estate up on the moors, and the Sir William Hotel in the heart of the village.
For a real country gem of a place to eat after a day’s vigorous walking, try the station café next to the road bridge above the station platforms. It is the original ticket office building for the station and has a lot of steam train relics and a cosy atmosphere inside with a roaring open fire in winter.
Also, do not overlook the wonderful Community Shop at St Helen’s Church, down the hill near the river bridge, which sells a wide range of groceries including appetising artisan bread, cakes, pastries and local ice cream.
Special events to look out for in Grindleford include:
- Grindleford Gallop – early March
- Grindleford Fell Race – third Thursday in June
- Grindleford Goat Cycle Sportive & Sir William Hill Climb – September
- Horticultural Show – third Saturday of August
- Grindleford Carnival – third week in June
Passenger facilities at Grindleford Station
You are expected to have a valid ticket before boarding the train. At Grindleford there is no staffed ticket office and the only ticket machine is located next to the waiting shelter on Platform1, the Manchester-bound platform. So please be aware that if you are travelling towards Sheffield from Platform 2, you will need to go on to Platform 1 first to buy your ticket.
For wheelchair users there are no steps on the paths down to both platforms from the road but it is necessary for the train guard to set up the wheelchair ramp for you to gain access into the train because of the gap between the platform and the train floor. Calling the Assisted Travel Team at Northern Trains on 0800 138 5560 before you travel will help inform the traincrew to expect you at the station.
Both platforms at Grindleford are equipped with train running time screens inside the waiting shelters and free wifi is available. Both platforms are covered by CCTV cameras and there are passenger help points also. If you have brought your bicycle with you, there are securing hoops on both platforms.
The nearest bus stops to the railway station are at the top of the station driveway and then turn downhill towards the Maynard Hotel. A small number of buses each day on Service 65 run between Sheffield, Fox House Inn, Grindleford, Calver Crossroads, Tideswell and Buxton. Further information can be found at http://traveline.info/ or calling 0871 200 22 33.
Friend of Grindleford Station
The Friends Group was formed in 2017 and made an immediate impact on the appearance of the station. The first task they took on with the support of Northern Trains was to clear the bank behind Platform 1 and turn it into a beautiful garden area for everyone to enjoy.
More recently the Friends have been busy developing another area of station garden next to the path which leads down to Platform 2. A herb garden complete with bug hotels and plants which attract pollinators and insects has been established.
At Christmas time the station is decorated with a tree and coloured lights by children from the village school. These really stand out and catch your eye when your train emerges from the darkness of Totley Tunnel.
The tunnel is one of the longest ever built in the United Kingdom. It was completed in 1893 by the Midland Railway whose initials you can see at the top of the tunnel entrance. It’s 6,230 yards long, which made it the second-longest railway tunnel in the UK at that time. Only the even older tunnel under the River Severn was longer at 7,664 yards. However, after the two High Speed 1 tunnels in Kent opened in 2007, Totley Tunnel is now the fourth longest mainline railway tunnel in the UK.
Passenger trains on the Hope Valley Line started using the tunnel in 1894 and the Friends of Grindleford Station worked hard in 2019 with other station groups along the line to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of those train services.