Edale railway station

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Edale Station on the Hope Valley Line - geograph.org.uk - 1221771.jpg
General information
LocationEdale, High Peak
Coordinates53°21′52″N 1°49′00″W / 53.36443°N 1.81663°W / 53.36443; -1.81663Coordinates: 53°21′52″N 1°49′00″W / 53.36443°N 1.81663°W / 53.36443; -1.81663
Grid referenceSK123853
Managed byNorthern Trains
Other information
Station codeEDL
ClassificationDfT category F2
Opened25 June 1894
Original companyMidland Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
2016/17Increase 89,510
2017/18Decrease 89,322
2018/19Increase 93,860
2019/20Increase 99,808
2020/21Decrease 45,800
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Edale railway station serves the rural village of Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District, in England. It was opened in 1894 on the Midland Railway's Dore and Chinley line (now the Hope Valley Line), 20 miles (32 km) west of Sheffield and 22 miles (35 km) east of Manchester Piccadilly.

Lying below Kinder Scout, the station is the closest station for the start of the Pennine Way. The station is about 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village, where the Pennine Way begins, with the Nags Head public house being 'the official start of the Pennine Way'.


The station was opened on 25 June 1894 when the Midland Railway opened the line between Dore and Chinley for passengers, the line had opened for freight on 6 November 1893.[1]

The station had two platforms either side of a double track connected by an underpass, there was a signal box and sidings to both sides of the running lines to the west of the station.[2]

The station was host to two LMS caravans from 1935 to 1939. A camping coach was positioned here by the London Midland Region from 1954 to 1956.[3]

It became an unstaffed halt in 1969. It formerly had wooden buildings and canopies on each side, but these have been demolished and replaced by basic shelters.


  • Lewis Wright 1896[4] - 1922 (formerly station master at Cromford)
  • Charles Workman 1922[5] - 1931 (afterwards station master at Bamford)
  • Ernest L. Denley 1934 - 1936[6]
  • C.V. Grocott 1936[7] (afterwards station master at Harringworth)
  • Harold Brooks 1936 - 1938
  • D. Walker ca. 1942


The station is managed and served primarily by Northern Trains using rolling stock such as the Class 150 Sprinter and Class 195 Civity, with the occasional Class 156 Super Sprinter. East Midlands Railway services are usually run with Class 158 Express Sprinter units. The station has two platforms with no level crossing or footbridge. To change platforms, there is an underpass located next to the road in the village.[8]

The station has now received ticketing provision in the form of automatic ticket vending machines (like all the other stations on the route between New Mills Central and Dore and Totley), so passengers can buy their tickets prior to travel. Leading on from this, a penalty fare scheme is in operation here and at other Hope Valley stations.[9] Train running information is offered via CIS displays, automated announcements, timetable posters and a customer help point on each platform. Step-free access is available to both platforms via ramps to/from the subway.[8]


The typical off-peak is one train an hour, with some gaps at certain times of the day, to Sheffield and to Manchester Piccadilly via Marple, provided solely by Northern. This also applies on Saturdays and Sundays.[10] Until 2018, weekday trains only called every second hour for much of the day.

East Midlands Railway provide the first service of the day to Liverpool Lime Street via Warrington Central. The final return working of the day starts from Liverpool Lime Street and continues on to Nottingham via Sheffield. All other services are provided by Northern Trains. A normal weekday service operates on most bank holidays.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Northern Trains
East Midlands Railway
Limited service
Disused railways
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
  Chapel-en-le-Frith Central
Line and station closed
Terminus   British Rail   Chee Dale Halt
Line and station closed


  1. ^ Leleux, Robin (1984). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. Vol. 9 The East Midlands (2nd ed.). David St John Thomas. p. 187. ISBN 0-946537-06-2.
  2. ^ "Edale station on OS 25 inch map Derbyshire IX.3 (Edale)". National Library of Scotland. 1898. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  3. ^ McRae, Andrew (1997). British Railway Camping Coach Holidays: The 1930s & British Railways (London Midland Region). Vol. Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part One). Foxline. pp. 22 & 50. ISBN 1-870119-48-7.
  4. ^ "1881-1898 Coaching". Midland Railway Operating, Traffic and Coaching Depts: 891. 1881. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Parkgate Man to be Edale's stationmaster". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. England. 26 April 1922. Retrieved 5 April 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Mr. L. Henley". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. England. 13 March 1936. Retrieved 5 April 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Harringworth. New Stationmaster". Grantham Journal. England. 24 December 1936. Retrieved 5 April 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ a b Edale station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  9. ^ Northern extending penalty fares scheme to include Hope Valley rail route Dodds, J, Buxton Advertiser new article 3 December 2018; Retrieved 25 March 2019
  10. ^ Table 78 National Rail timetable, December 2018

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