GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Peak Forest Tramway Trail

2 miles (3 km)

This walk takes you along part of the route of the old Peak Forest Tramway which was used to carry limestone to the Peak Forest Canal in the 18th and 19th centuries. The western section of the line is now the route of the Peak Forest Tramway Trail which is open to walkers. The walk starts on Charly Lane near Bridgeholm Green and heads west through Whitehough to Buxworth. Here the trail links with the Peak Forest Canal at the attractive Bugsworth Basin. You can extend your walk by continuing along the towpath or heading up to Eccles Pike for nice views of the area.

Peak Forest Tramway Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Peak Forest Tramway Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

ThePeak Forest Tramwaywas an early horse and gravity-poweredindustrial railway system inDerbyshire. Opened for trade on 31 August 1796, it remained in operation until the 1920s. Much of the route and the structures associated with the line remain. Its purpose was to carry limestone from the vast quarries around Dove Holes down toBugsworth BasinviaChapel-en-le-FrithandChinley, where much of it was taken by boat along thePeak Forest Canaland theAshton CanaltoManchesterand beyond.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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Part ofBugsworth Basin, Buxworth. These are lines of stone slab sleepers which supported the L-shaped rails of thePeak Forest Tramway. The boys are fishing in the canal basin.

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Boats entered and left theBugsworth complex, via this entrance basin. The Wharfinger's (or Canal House) on the right was built in or about 1797 as a house and office for German Wheatcroft, the first Wharfinger (or Basin Manager) at Bugsworth. An adjacent building was built as a stable for his horse. A loaded barge was not allowed out through the Gauging Stop Place outside the office until it had been assessed or 'gauged'. This was necessary to measure the weight and hence the value of the boat's cargo. This in turn determined the tolls paid by the boat on the canal. The displacement of the boat was measured at four known points and an average reading taken. This reading together with details of the cargo, distance to be travelled and the gauge plate number was compared with special tables in the office. A permit was then issued and the boat could leave.

Former tramway to Bugsworth Basin - - 2972337

Former tramway to Bugsworth Basin

On the Peak Forest Tramway Trail - - 2131635

On the Peak Forest Tramway Trail

Weir on Black Brook - - 2131621

Weir on Black Brook

Course of the Former Peak Forest Tramway - - 2613807

View of the path near the eastern end.

Former tramway at Bridgeholm Green - - 3524912

Former tramway at Bridgeholm Green


GPS Files

GPX File

Peak Forest Tramway Trail.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Peak Forest Tramway Trail.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)