Parsley Hay railway station

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Parsley Hay
Parsley Hay railway station in 1963.jpg
Parsley Hay railway station in 1963
AreaDerbyshire Dales
Coordinates53°10′13″N 1°46′59″W / 53.1702°N 1.78305°W / 53.1702; -1.78305Coordinates: 53°10′13″N 1°46′59″W / 53.1702°N 1.78305°W / 53.1702; -1.78305
Grid referenceSK146637
Original companyCromford and High Peak Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
June 1833Station opened for goods
July 1856Opened for passengers
December 1877closed
1 June 1894reopened LNWR
4 August 1899New station
1 November 1954Closed to regular passenger services
7 October 1963Final closure[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain

Parsley Hay railway station served Parsley Hay, a hamlet about 9.3 miles (15 km) south east of Buxton, Derbyshire, on the LNWR line to Ashbourne. The nearest large settlement is the village of Hartington.


It was originally opened in 1833 for goods by the Cromford and High Peak Railway (which ran from Whaley Bridge to Cromford). It opened for passengers in 1856 but closed in 1877. The line was acquired by LNWR and extended to Buxton in 1894 and the station was reopened. In 1899 the LNWR built a junction just south of the station for a line to Ashbourne and built a new station.

Parsley Hay station, showing the Tissington Trail winding southwards

In common with the other stations on this line, the platforms and buildings were of timber construction. From this point on to Ashbourne the line was single with passing loops at the stations, though provision was made for doubling which never occurred.[2]

In contrast to the first part of the line from Buxton, from the previous station at Hurdlow the line had dropped gently and this continued to the next at Hartington, though the curves involved limited the linespeed to 40 miles per hour (64.4 km/h).

The meeting of the Tissington & High Peak Trails at Parsley Hay.

Regular passenger services ceased in 1954 but excursions and special trains continued until October, 1963 while the line southwards closed in October, 1967 with that to Hindlow following in November.

Today these two disused trackbeds form the route of two walking and cycling routes. The High Peak Trail follows the old Cromford and High Peak, and the name Parsley Hay has become synonymous with the cycle centre here.

The cycle-hire centre at Parsley Hay on a busy August weekend.

The track bed from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay was acquired by Derbyshire County Council and the Peak National Park to become the Tissington Trail which was one of the first of such ventures in the country. Later, Ashbourne Tunnel was acquired by Sustrans. Parsley Hay, being located a little to the north of the junction of these walk/cycleways, is ideally located for a cycle hire centre (run by the Park Authority) and a refreshment kiosk serving drinks and snacks all day. There are also toilets here, and a large car park.

The trackbed at this point is also part of the Pennine Bridleway, a 130-mile (209.2 km) leisure route which includes 73 miles (117.5 km) through Derbyshire.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line and station closed
  Cromford and High Peak Railway   Friden Goods Yard
Line and station closed
  Ashbourne Line
Line and station closed


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ Bentley, J.M., Fox, G.K., (1997) Railways of the High Peak: Buxton to Ashbourne (Scenes From The Past series 32), Romiley: Foxline Publishing

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