Sandy Lane gateposts

Sandy Lane gateposts

Above: A look at old maps reveal that these sturdy gateposts once formed an entrance onto the track of the C&HPR. Continuing the quest to identify old stone gateposts in the valley, I came across two fine examples yesterday evening, just as the sun was setting....
Over the hills

Over the hills

Above: Ladmanlow goods yard pictured in 1932, looking north from the A53 Leek Road. This is likely to have been the ‘Park Gates’ the writer describes.  Passengers were not allowed following a fatal accident in 1877. The yard finally closed in 1954....
Ladmanlow station

Ladmanlow station

Above: Whatever remains of Ladmanlow Station now lies behind these gates. I’ll maybe knock on their door once the virus has passed to ask if they’ll let me take a closer look. I’ve long been fascinated by the history of the 33-mile Cromford...
Buxton’s railways

Buxton’s railways

Above: Buxton’s twin stations pictured in the mid ’60s, shortly before the one on the right was demolished.The Palace Hotel would have been behind and to the left of the photographer (see map). Today, this view looks down Station Road towards Bridge...
Goyt ice skating

Goyt ice skating

Above: The view today and in the 1960s. There’s a small car park beside the pond which is an ideal starting point for a short walk along the old railway line. It ends after about a mile at a blocked up tunnel. Walk 12 follows the entire line – as much...
C&HPR photo: where is it?

C&HPR photo: where is it?

Above: Photos of the northern section of the C&HPR which ran through the Goyt Valley are very rare. It was closed in 1892 when an easier route was opened. I’ve inset a close-up of the feature at top right. We initially thought it might be the entrance to...
Fatal accident on the C&HPR

Fatal accident on the C&HPR

Above: Although William Chappell seems to have taken much of the blame for the fatal accident, he went on to work from Buxton Station and is pictured above on the footplate of a coal engine some years after the collision. Above: The Sheffield Daily Telegraph’s...
The High Peak Railway (1880)

The High Peak Railway (1880)

Above: This is the only photo I’ve managed to find of a train on the C&HP Railway line as it approaches the Goyt Valley section. It’s a view across Burbage, southwest of Buxton. It’s just possible to make out Buxton’s famous dome in the far distance. The Cromford...
Cromford & High Peak Railway

Cromford & High Peak Railway

Above: This is the only photo I’ve managed to find of a train on the C&HP Railway line as it approaches the Goyt Valley section. It’s a view across Burbage, southwest of Buxton. It’s just possible to make out...
Walking the Cromford & High Peak Railway

Walking the Cromford & High Peak Railway

Above: A view of the track down the incline into Whaley Bridge. Bill says “This is now a nice picnic area”. Bill Reid writes: Thanks for the great videos and information on the Goyt Valey and the C&HPR. I have used your Walk no.12 to find my way along...