Buxton Steam Railway Holiday

Friday, 12th March 2021

Revised: Friday, 8th October 2021



Buxton Bimble

Holiday Highlights

  • A stroll down the former Cromford & High Peak Railway incline
  • A bimble on the best section of the Monsal Trail – Glorious!
  • Cream tea on the Churnet Valley Railway
  • Wander along a section of the Tissington Trail
  • The National tramway Museum at Crich
  • A steam train ride with Peakrail

The scenery on this one really is hard to match and is well worth a bit of physical activity. The walking side of things is pitched at the more leisurely end of what an experienced rambler might be used to (bimbling that is!) – fancy a stroll?

Special note:

Our walking holidays are aimed at those with an interest in walking old railway track-beds. We do include more leisurely pursuits within the itineraries but you shouldn’t consider either if you are not up for walks sometimes exceeding four miles.

Outline Itinerary


We meet at Derby Station early afternoon and head up the Derwent Valley and into the hills. Our afternoon is spent at the National Tramway Museum at Crich for trams galore. You might like to join us for a stroll (500yds) at the far end to a pleasant viewpoint.


This morning starts with a short stroll along the former Cromford & High Peak Railway Trail to Middleton Top Engine House. After a look around we’ll walk down the 1 in 8 inclines to the railway workshops at Cromford (2 1⁄4 miles). Now, our coach whisks us to Matlock for steam courtesy of Peak Rail. Then, we will walk a section of the Monsal Trail. This is a highly scenic route through the Peak District with tunnels and towering viaducts. As we’ve already been walking this morning we’ll limit this to a couple of miles of the best bit.

Churnet Valley Railway


Today we head south, in the direction of Leek, and take a 4-mile wander along the Tissington Trail – the illuminated Ashbourne Tunnel should be enlightening! Steam with the Churnet Valley Railway follows as we chug, canal side, to Cheddleton and back. A great day out is concluded with a splendid afternoon drive via Leek and over the hills back to Buxton – beautiful!


We are finishing our adventures this morning at Matlock Bath with a visit to the Heights of Abraham. Cable cars will whisk us across the Derwent Gorge to this renowned beauty spot. Up top, apart from the views, you can visit the famous show caverns and return to the station either by cable car or by descending the twisting path through the woods to the town. Homeward bound trains are from Matlock Bath around lunchtime.
Buxton Bimble - Joe at Buxton Station

Our Hotel

The Palace Hotel
Is the rather regal looking palace hotel next to Buxton Station in….Buxton! Situated in over 5 acres of stunning landscaped gardens it is perfectly located on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Facilities include an indoor pool, bar, health and leisure club and the Dovedale restaurant.

What’s Included


  • All heritage railway rides
  • All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
  • Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


  • All entrances
  • Detailed itinerary/information pack
  • Services of courier throughout


  • Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis


  • Lunchtime Cream Tea on the Churnet Valley Railway

What's not Included

  • Travel to/from the holiday start point
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Porterage
  • Other lunches

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Buxton Bimble - Monsal Trail
Buxton Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: BM4/1
Friday, 8th October 2021 (previously Friday, 12th March 2021)
4 days
Single supplement £30.00 per night