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Getting to the Peak District by train

The Peak District is very easy to reach by train. East Midlands Trains leave from London St Pancras International to Derby every half an hour and only take around 91 minutes to complete the journey. Other mainline rail stations include Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent, Macclesfield and Chesterfield.

From these cities it is only a short train journey into the Peak District National Park:

  • The Hope Valley line runs between Manchester and Sheffield, and stops at a number of villages in the Derwent, Hope and Edale valleys.
  • The Derwent Valley line runs between Derby and Matlock
  • The Manchester to Buxton line
  • The Manchester to Glossop line

The Hope Valley Line also runs regular Folk Trains, which run into the Peak District from Manchester and Sheffield, and also on the Manchester to Glossop rail line. Musicians play for you while you're on the train, and you can enjoy a visit to a local hostelry and some more music.

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An East Midlands train

Getting to the Peak District by bus

It is just as easy to reach the Peak District by bus. The National Express 440 service that runs between London and Manchester stops in Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton. It is also possible to reach a number of cities in close proximity to the National Park via the National Express, including Sheffield, Chesterfield and Stoke-on-Trent.

If you are travelling to Derby, Nottingham or Manchester, it is possible to catch the TransPeak bus service, which runs through the center of the National Park.

Getting around the Peak District

Once you've arrived in the Peak District National Park, there are plenty of ways to get round without having to bring your car along with you. One of the easiest is to make the most of the comprehensive Peak District bus system, which has connections spanning all four corners of the Park. In order to find out all about the routes, you can pick up a Peak District Bus Timetable from any Tourist Information Centre within the Park, or alternatively you can take a look at an interactive map of Peak District bus routes.

Visitors can also take a look at Peak Connections, which provides a selction of guides that provides information on how exactly to get to some of the Park's top attractions, such as Chatsworth and the Castleton Caverns, by public transport.

If you fancy travelling on two wheels rather than four, you could make the most of the Park's extensive cycle network and rent a bike from one of the three cycle hire centres established by the National Park Authority. Alternatively, you could take a look at the Electric Bicycle Network, which offers a selection of bikes to hire and which makes discovering Britain's countryside all the greener and easier!

>> For more information on cycling in the Peak District, see the National Park Cycling page

Mountain Biking in the Peak District