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Overview

Train-based walk

Leader: Annie

Transport to Walk Start: 09:51 train from Manchester Piccadilly station (final destination Buxton).

Meet Point:  Near the ticket barriers or on the platform at Piccadilly Station. Alternatively, meet the group on the train or at Dove Holes Station. 

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Day Return to Buxton £12.70.

Walk Start: Dove Holes Railway Station at 10:45.

Waypoints: Bullring Ancient Henge, Bank of Dove Holes Quarries, Smalldale, Peak Dale, Green Lane, Waterswallows Road.

Return Services: From Buxton: x:15/16 & x:45/46 until 19:16, then x:13/14 until 22:13, then last train at 22:57.

Drivers please note that not all of these trains call at Dove Holes. Drivers also have the option of using the 199 bus, which connects locations close to the stations in Buxton and Dove Holes. You can park in Buxton and catch the bus at 10:05 to Dove Holes, or park at Dove Holes and catch the bus back there from Buxton at x:05 and x:30 until 17:05, then 17:45, then x:20 until 21:20. The bus fare is £2 for a single journey.

Extra: No toilets at walk start or en route. Optional drinks after the walk at the Buxton Brewery, or another location of the group's choice.

Saturday, 23 March 2024
Start time:
10:45 am
Estimated finish time:
3:45 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
14.5km / 9.0mi
Ascent:
300m / 984ft
Type:
linear

This train-based walk is undulating with mild ascent and descent throughout.

The starting village of Dove Holes has a name possibly derived from the old Celtic for ‘water holes’. It has a long history of limestone quarrying dating back to the 1650s. During our walk we will see some sunken grounds that form a few pretty large ponds and stunning landscapes where the large local quarries have played a part.

After the picturesque Peak Dale,our walk finishes in the famous old Roman Spa town of Buxton, which was developed by the Dukes of Devonshire in the late 18th century. 

Features

  • Accessible by public transport
  • No car needed

Starting point

Grid reference:
SK 07399 78099
Nearest postcode:
SK17 8DP
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Start time:
10:45 am

Finishing point

Grid reference:
SK 05900 73781
Nearest postcode:
SK17 6AE
what3words:
green.bearable.narrate
Estimated finish time:
3:45 pm

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking