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Whaley Bridge


Whaley Bridge is on the Buxton Line between Manchester Piccadilly and Buxton.

Positioned at the head of the scenic Peak Forest Canal and known as the Gateway to the Goyt Valley, Whaley Bridge is a small town with a wealth of heritage and countryside to explore.

Train journeys to Whaley Bridge station take 41 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly and 18 minutes from Buxton. Trains are operated by Northern Trains Ltd. Find up to date ticket and timetable information here.

The station is located in the town centre, on the main street.

Find a list of all Whaley Bridge station facilities, including access information here.

If you have time, take a look inside the refurbished heritage-style waiting rooms and the nature-friendly garden with its artwork created by High Peak Community Arts, on the station approach to the left of the main entrance.

The nearest bus stops are located on the main road below the station car park.

Information about bus services at Whaley Bridge can be found by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visiting their website:

Details of local taxi firms can be found on the Onward Travel posters displayed at the station.

Whaley Bridge has a range of independent shops, regular markets and several pubs, restaurants and cafés.  Public toilets are located on the main street below the station car park.

The popular Memorial Park is a short walk from the station, on the banks of a brook, with winding pathways, gardens and a play area.

The Transhipment Warehouse on the canal basin is a welcoming community hub. This historic building is open to visitors (except Tuesdays) and forms the backdrop to the annual Whaley Water Weekend canal festival.

Within easy walking distance of the town centre is Toddbrook reservoir which caused a major incident in August 2019 when the dam wall was in danger of collapsing and many residents were evacuated.  Repair work to the dam wall is ongoing.

From the Transhipment Warehouse you can follow the 10-mile Goyt Way along the River Goyt, through New Mills to Etherow Country Park near Marple. A shorter, scenic Goyt Valley circular walk is downloadable here and for shorter, heritage-themed walks in the area find the ‘Whaley Bridge Walks’ leaflet here.

The Peak Forest Canal and nearby Bugsworth Basin are looked after by the Canal and River Trust; you can find more information here.

Friends of Whaley Bridge Station

The community volunteers who are the Friends of Whaley Bridge Station came together in the early 2000’s to campaign for restoration of the station. In 2014 a comprehensive programme of work was completed by Network Rail who refurbished and modernised the buildings and platforms whilst retaining their original 1857 appearance and features as much as possible.

Gardening is another key interest of the group so around the station you will see pots and planters of flowers as well as a traditional station garden, more recently planted by the local Brownies. Artworks depicting local highlights in and around the town give the station year-round colour.

The group are now part of the wider community group connected to Whaley Bridge Canal and the Transhipment Warehouse.

Contact Friends of Whaley Bridge Station via facebook @Friends of Whaley Bridge Station

Whaley Bridge station garden
Whaley Bridge station garden