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The Six Stations Walk.

Walk 1 (continue to walk details)

This walk involves about 14½ miles (23.3km) and 1450 feet (442 metres) of ascent.  Any reasonably fit walker can do it in a day, or it can be split into sections.  All but two of the sections appear in either the Walks from the Buxton Line or the Walks from the Hope Valley Line.  The stations involved are; Disley, Marple, Middlewood, New Mills Central, New Mills Newtown and Strines.  All these stations have daily train services, but Middlewood and Strines stations have more limited services than the others. Table 1 below shows the frequency of services at the time of writing. New Mills is the best-served place with a half hourly weekday service from Manchester to Central and an hourly service to Newtown, plus the services from Sheffield to Central.  Although you could start this walk at any of the six stations, I have chosen to start from New Mills Central.

Table 1: Frequency of train services to the six stations.

Station Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday
Disley Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
Marple ½ Hourly to M’cr & New Mills (C). 2 hourly to Sheffield. Hourly to M’cr & Sheffield Hourly to M’cr & Sheffield (less in winter)
Middlewood 2 Hourly to Buxton & Manchester 2 Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
New Mills Central Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
New Mills Newtown Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
Strines 2 hourly to Manchester and New Mills (C). 2 through trains (pm) to Sheffield

2 hourly to Manchester, New Mills (C) & Sheffield

Hourly to M’cr & Sheffield (less in winter)

Walk 2 (continue to walk details)

This walk involves about 18.75 miles (30¼ km) and 2800 feet (853 metres) of ascent.  It can be done in a day by any reasonably fit walker, but it may be better to split it into sections.  All but two of the sections appear in either the Walks from the Buxton Line or the Walks from the Hope Valley Line.  The stations involved are; New Mills Central, Chinley, Chapel en le Frith, Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale and New Mills Newtown.  All these stations have daily train services. Table 1 below shows the frequency of services at the time of writing. New Mills is the best-served place with a half hourly weekday service from Manchester to Central and an hourly service to Newtown, plus the services from Sheffield to Central.  Although you could start this walk at any of the six stations, I have chosen to start from New Mills Central.

Table 1: Frequency of train services to the six stations.

Station Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday
New Mills Central Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
New Mills Newtown Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
Chinley      
Chapel en le Frith Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
Whaley Bridge Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
Furness Vale Hourly to Buxton & Manchester

Hourly to Buxton & Manchester

Hourly to Buxton & Manchester
All services operated by Northern Trains

Be Prepared

When setting out for a day’s walking, it is worth remembering the old boy-scout motto, “Be Prepared”.  Always take water and a mobile phone. A rucksack with a waterproof and some warm clothing prepares you for a change in the weather.  If you are out for any length of time take a snack with you and a small first aid kit.  Both are light to carry, but could prove important.  Stout footwear is vital.  People have been known to break ankles even on gentle walks and some of these walks are far from sedate.  Boots are preferable, for some walks can be muddy, though many walkers use good trainers during the summer months.  You shouldn’t need reminding to take a decent map.  Each individual walk states which map is required.  You are strongly advised to use either the OS 1:25000 maps or the 1:50000 series.  The latest versions now show the new Access areas.  I haven’t given times for completion of the walks, as you know your own walking speed capabilities.  If you base your times on the good old Naismith formula, (3 miles per hour and half an hour per 1000 feet of ascent), you’ll not go far wrong.  For the metricated amongst our readers, that’s about 5kph and half an hour per 300 metres of ascent.

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