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Travelling in and around Peak District National Park


All National Park Authorities, Tourist Boards, Local Councils and English Nature are in agreement in encouraging visitors to use public transport when travelling in and around the UK, especially in popular rural areas. This reduces CO2 emissions, road congestion and noise pollution. The Peak District enjoys an extensive public transport network, enabling you to have a full day out exploring the area without using the car. There are even special events and discounts that you can make the most of as a public transport user.

Walking and footpaths in the Peak District. Getting around by bike: bike hire, cycling guides

Getting around by bus:

The Peak District Bus Timetable, published in March and October, is a comprehensive source of timetable information. It is available from any Tourist Information Centre in the area or you can order the Peak District bus timetable online. Alternatively, you can use the East Midlands online journey planner or view an interactive map of Peak District bus routes.

Enjoy funfilled days out exploring the Peak District by bus or train by using a Peak Connections guide leaflet  Peak Connections provides a range of guides giving information on how to have a day out at some of the area’s main attractions by bus or train, such as Chatsworth and the Castleton Caverns.Enjoy days out by bus or train across the Greater Peak District. Download one of the Peak Connections guides for ideas.


Getting around by train: operators, timetables, heritage steam trains, historic + scenic routes

The most popular and scenic train routes in UK are the Hope Valley Line between Sheffield and Manchester During the summer and weekends the train is packed with visitors who wish to explore the beautiful countryside that surrounds the line. The Derwent Valley Line serves the historic Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site which runs between Derby and Matlock that has attractions such as the Heights of Abraham and Gulliver’s Kingdom at Matlock bath and Peak Rail at Matlock. A series of linear walks can be enjoyed from the local stations on both the lines.

If you’re travelling by train, Transpeak Walks offer a range of free guided walks suitable for all ages and abilities. The volunteer guides meet designated trains for a stroll, or more strenuous walk, into the surrounding countryside. For details of the walks programme visit the Transpeak Walks website.

The Hope Valley Line also has regular Folk Trains, running into the Peak District from Manchester and Sheffield, and also on the Manchester to Glossop rail line.

Steam trains: At the other end of the Peak District, you can travel back in time by train – Peak Rail run steam trains between Matlock and Rowsley.


Getting around by car: driving tips, car parks and car hire

Driving tips
When you are in the area remember that driving in the peaks is very different to driving in other areas. Roads are lined with hard dry stone walls and often have poor visibility due to the twists and turns and gradients. Around any corner there may be a slow moving farm vehicle, livestock, a walker, cyclist or perhaps even a deer, low flying owl or bird of prey. It is important to slow down and enjoy the journey, use designated viewing points to appreciate the scenery, stop at a recognised car park and enjoy a walk.

Towing a trailer or caravan at any time requires extra care and in the Peak District this is even more important. Even A and B roads will be narrow and there are many narrow bridges to watch out for.

Car Parks in the Peak District
The Peak District National Park Authority owns 45 car parks and parking areas, 18 of which are pay-and-display car parks. A list of charges can be found here; peak district parking charge The list of car parks currently managed by the Authority is as follows:

Grid ref.
Spaces (disabled)
Alsop Station
Alsop nr Ashbourne SK 1550 5497 50 (0) Pay and display
Near Ashbourne SK 1305 5564 25 (1) WC
Bakewell Station
Bakewell SK 2224 6898 25 (2) Pay and display
Barber Booth
Edale SK 1075 8471 20 (0)
Blore Pastures
Blore, near Ashbourne SK 1353 4990 55 (0)
Bowden Bridge
Hayfield SK 0487 8692 27 (0) Pay and display WC
Wildboarclough SJ 9805 6807 14 (0)
Burbage Bridge
Hathersage SK 2595 8290 40 (2)
Clough House
Wildboarclough SJ 9875 6989 25 (2)
Longdendale SK 0730 9930 25 (1) WC
Dennis Knoll
Hathersage SK 2281 8438 10 (0)
Derbyshire Bridge
Goyt Valley SK 0185 7155 115 (2) WC
Derwent Overlook
Ladybower SK 1735 8900 60 (0)
*National Park permit not valid (owned by Severn Trent)
Near Hartington SK 1725 6070 45 (0)
Near Flash SJ 9992 6621 27 (2)
Hartington Station
Hartington SK 1496 6108 70 (5) Pay and display WC
Hollin Bank
Stanage SK 2373 8375 75 (1) Pay and display WC
Hook’s Car
Hathersage SK 2469 8299 50 (0)
Hulme End
Near Warslow SK 1029 5930 60 (4) Pay and display
Near Buxton SK 1281 6594 55 (0) Pay and display
Hurst Clough
Ladybower SK 1878 8762 15 (0)
Coaches only
SK 1444 5056
Goyt Valley SJ 9750 7528 30 (3)
Longnor Market Place
Longnor SK 0886 6492
Mapleton Lane
Near Ashbourne SK 1751 4734 25 (3) Pay and display WC
Dovedale SK 1360 5480 40 (0)
Millers Dale
Near Tideswell SK 1385 7328 80 (3) Pay and display WC
Pikehall, Matlock SK 1943 5814 25 (0)
Moor Lane
Youlgreave SK 1947 6442 30 (0)
Nab Quarry
Wildboarclough SJ 9730 6795 10 (0)
Narlows Lane
Thorpe nr Ashbourne SK 1635 5048 45 (0)
Parsley Hay
Near Hartington SK 1468 6371 90 (5) Pay and display WC
Ravens Dale
Cressbrook SK 1720 7363 11 (0)
Surprise View
Hathersage SK 2518 8007 80 (2) Pay and display
The Street
Goyt Valley SK 0135 7561 80 (6)
Thorpe Station
Near Ashbourne SK 1657 5033 45 (0)
Tideswell Dale
Near Tideswell SK 1540 7422 60 (3) Pay and display WC
Near Ashbourne SK 1776 5205 70 (3) Pay and display WC
Longdendale SK 0680 9831 100 (7) Pay and display WC
Macclesfield Forest SJ 9617 7115 35 (3) Pay and display WC
Monsal Dale SK 1767 7217 12 (3)
Vicarage Quarry
Wildboarclough SJ 9840 7057 10 (0)
Near Leek SK 0857 5015 90 (0) Pay and display WC
White Lodge (open 9am to dusk every day)
Taddington SK 1702 7060 45 (0) Pay and display WC
Topley Pike SK 1032 7249 28 (0) Pay and display

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