A short walk through some railway history
Distance 3.6 km
ParkingThe route starts at the the Peak Forest Tramway interpretation board (grid ref 0498 8172) on Charley Lane, 30m north of the bridge under the A6; there is no access to A6 here but satnav to Charley Lane should get you there. You can park at the side of the large entrance way across the road.
Alternatively you can park at Chinley Independent Chapel (grid ref 0560 8202) - waypoint 3 on the route and start from there.
Terrain30% minor roads, 70% public footpaths which may be muddy (or flooded) in wet weather. No steep or long hills.
Additional InformationThe Peak Forest Tramway was opened in 1796 to transport limestone from the quarries around DoveHoles to the Peak Forest canal at Buxworth Basin.
The bifurcated viaduct at Chapel Milton is somewhat later - 1867 and 1890 - and reflects the rather complicated railway netwok in these parts; a consequence of the topography, limestone industry and competition between railway companies.
The southern part of this route follows the Tramway Trail - High Peak council published a leaflet about it, now discontinued but available at https://web.archive.org/web/20120221225427/http://www.highpeak.gov.uk/culture/tramway.pdf
1.5 miles further west along the Tramway Trail is Bugsworth Basin, where you will find the Navigation Inn and other historic features.
Lots more history is available on the Internet. e.g. Wikipedia.
SK 04988 81726
30U 571483 5909788
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