Anniversary Walk

The Peak Forest Tramway And Bugsworth Basin
Saturday 4th November 2017
10 a.m. and 11 a.m. (see below)

The records show that in November 1987 Pete Yearsley organised the first IWPS walk on the Peak Forest Tramway. It was thought we should celebrate our 30th anniversary by repeating the walk with the difference that this time we will be able to walk into a restored Bugsworth Basin.

The Peak Forest Tramway ran from Dove Holes, through Chapel-en-le-Frith and on to Bugsworth Basin bringing limestone and burnt lime for transhipment and onward carriage to the chemical industries of Cheshire. Lime was also burnt in kilns around the basin area. Bugsworth Basin was the largest narrow canal transhipment basin in the country and is the best preserved.

Our walk will include having a look at some of the quarries, visiting the top of the incline plane and walking the accessible line of the tramway from the bottom of the inclined plane to Bugsworth Basin.

We have two starting points for this walk as the first section at the quarries is very wet, muddy and rough and not suitable for less able walkers. Wellies for this section are highly recommended (Vern got soaked in September).

10 a.m. Meet at Dove Holes on the minor road – Dale Road - from Dove Holes to Peak Dale. Park in the left, pavement, side opposite a bungalow OS ref: 080779 (maps attached). This was the start of the tramway and we will spend a short time looking at the accessible parts before driving down to Chapel-en-le Frith.

11 a.m. Meet at Buxton Road, Chapel-en-le Frith B5470 Buxton Road, park by the low wall on the left leaving Chapel-en-le-Frith overlooking the council yard. OS ref: 066808. From here we will take as few cars as possible to visit the top of the inclined plane where the original buildings still exist although they have been converted to residential use. Returning to the bottom of the inclined plane we will walk the line of the tramway to the Old Hall at Whitehough for lunch and entertainment.

After lunch we continue to Bugsworth for a guided tour of the basin.

The walk from Chapel is a reasonably easy and short but parts are likely to be muddy. We are hoping that the founder of the walks will be able to be with us to start us off with the essential words.

Please e-mail or phone 0114 2864356 or phone/text 07443834997 with menu choices by *Thursday 26th October. *We will also need to know whether you are planning to join the walk at Dove Holes or Chapel-en-le Frith.

Hope you’ll be able to join us.

Jan & Vern