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A journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via Chesterfield, Nottingham, Manchester, and Huddersfield.


If you are feeling totally insane and want to kill a day this is the trip for you. It is a journey of many contrasts major uk cities and beautiful scenery. Other than the joy of travel it serves no purpose whatsoever.

This is how you could make this journey in 2012.

Take a bus From Sheffield city centre to Chesterfield thes are the X17 Stagecoach service that leaves from Sheffield bus station or the 43 or 44 Stagecoach services that leave from Pond Hill close to the bus station.

Chesterfield is a bustling Derbyshire market town most famous for its crooked spire.

Make sure you are in Chesterfield in time for the 09.40 Pronto Service to Nottingham Operator Trent Barton the journey takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

This journey passes through pleasent countryside via Mansfield.

Alight at Victoria bus station and walk across the city centre to Broadmarsh bus station you will walk through both the Victoria shopping centre and the Brodmarsh shopping centre.


 Nottingham


Part of Nottingham city centre.


Once at Broadmarsh bus Station take the 12.10 Trans Peak service to Manchester journey time Apprx 3 hours and 35 mins.
Please note Transpeak now starts in Derby and no longer runs from Nottingham 2013 but there are plenty of other buses between Nottingham and Derby notably Red Arrow are fast and very frequent, these start in Victoria Bus station


 Trans Peak


The 12.10 Trans Peak service to Manchester at Nottingham Broadmarsh bus staition on the 25 of June 2012 shortly before departure.

Historically this bus route was started to replace the trains that ran on the railway through Bakewell and and onto Manchester from the East Midlands when the raileay shut in 1968 as part of the Beeching cuts.
Part of this rail route has become the Monsal trail
click here to see the Monsal Trail.




This is a very long but extremly scenic bus route that has many contrasts.
It will take you fast to Derby along the main A52 road and from Derby follows the A6 up the beautiful derwent valley through Matlock Bath, and Matlock Town then up the Wye Valley through Bakewell then up Taddington Dale to the highest part of the route at Taddington then leaves the A6 for a short while and goes via Brierlow Bar before dropping down into Buxton Britians highest market town above sea level where it rejoins the A6 and follows it into Manchester through New Mills and Stockport.
To see Transpeak in more detail see my
bus ride from Derby to Manchester
Please note Transpeak now only runs from Derby


 Derby bus station.


Derby bus station

Derby Bus station is also mentioned in my
Abbeydale Rd Sheffield to Lands End
also my
bus ride from Derby to Leicester
plus my
bus ride from Derby to Ashbourne
and my
bus ride from Chesterfield to Derby





 Matlock Bath.


After Derby we join the A6 which we will be following for most of the way to Mancheter in this shot we are passing through Matlock Bath a spectacular place brought to prominence by the Victorians it has the feel of a Sea side town.
The A6 is also used on my
bus ride from Derby to Leicester
and my
bus ride from Bolton to Preston
also my
bus ride from Sheffield to Buxton part 2
also my
bus ride from Manchester to Bolton
also my
bus ride from Sheffield to Bakewell
also my
bus ride from Derby to Manchester
and my
A journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District Day 3 Buttermere to Sheffield
It also gets a mention in my
train ride from Carlisle to Preston





The river Derwent at Matlock Bath when you are here this feels almost like. sea front. In October when the Matlock iluminations are on this is a really magical place for the kids.


The river Derwent at Matlock Bath when you are here this feels almost like. sea front. In October when the Matlock iluminations are on this is a really magical place for the kids. After Matlock the next major place we pass through is Bakewell.
Bakewell is also on my
walk from Millers Dale to Bakewell along the Monsal Trail and my
bus ride from Sheffield to Bakewell





 A6 at Ashford in the water.


Turning back onto the A6 after passing through the beautiful villiage of Ashford on the Water on the Buxton side of Bakewell.





 The Wye valley Debyshire


View of the Wye valley just after Ashford in the Water this picture does not even begin to do this areas beauty justice.





The foot of Taddington Dale


The bus about to climb up Taddington Dale the river turns right towards Monsal Dale.





 Longsight Manchester.


The A6 at Longsight just before Manchester city centre.


The bus will drop you off at Chorlton Street coach station. From here walk accross Piccadilly Gardens to Oldham Street to take the 184 service to Huddersfield operater First journey time apprx 1 hour 45 mins. I caught the 17.40 that day.which is the last bus of the day but you could catch the 16.40 if you wanted.
This is another bus journey of many contrasts and will take you from Manchester through Failsworth, Oldham, Lees, Uppermill, Diggle, then over the high wild pennines at Standedge and then drop down through Marsden and Slaithwaite into Huddersfield. In part following the A62 road what used to be the main Manchester to Leeds road before the construction of the M62.
To see the 184 journey in more detail click here.

Spending any time in Manchester
why not visit

Museum of Science and Industry Manchester




Piccadilly Garden's Manchester


Piccadilly Gardens Manchester





 On the 184 in Manchester city centre


On the 184 in Manchester city centre





 Heading out of Manchester City centre


Heading out of Manchester city centre.





 Start of the A62 towards Failsworth and Oldham.


Start of the A62 towards Failsworth and Oldham.





Oldham bus station


Oldham bus station





The pennines getting closer just past Lees


The Pennines getting closer just past Lees.







 Uppermill.



            Click here to see the state of Britain in 2012
Uppermill.





Climbing out of Diggle.


Climbing out of Diggle.





Climbing to the top of the Pennines feels like the roof of the world.


Climbing to the top of the Pennines feels like the roof of the world.





 Rejoining. the A62 just before Standedge summit.


Rejoining the A62 just before Standege summit. The Pennine way long distance walk from Edale to Kirk Yeltholm is crossed just beyond this point.





 Just passed  the summit and crossed into Yorkshire.


Just passed the summit and crossed into Yorkshire.





 Dropping down into Marsden.


Dropping down into Marsden.




The bus will drop you off in Huddersfield bus station from where it is a short walk to the railway station. From here we are going to cheat and catch a train back to Sheffield.
This is a very pleasent ride down the Penistone line throygh Honley Penistone and Barnsley. This line is mainly single line between Penistone and Barnsley and has all the feel of of a preserved railway. It has many tunnels, Viaducts, high embankments, and deep cuttings.
To see this train journey in more detail click here.

Take the 2018 train to Sheffield this train continues onto Retford Operater Northern Rail journey time 1 hour 18 mins.
If you caught the earlier bus from Manchester you could catch the train to Sheffield an hour earlier or you may want to stay longer in Huddersfield it is a pleasant town centre with lots of pubs and eateries.

Huddersfields most famous son is Harold Wilson a former Labour Prime Minister. There is a statue of him in front of the railway station.


 Huddersfield railway  station. The statue of Harold Wilson can be seen in this picture.


Huddersfield railway station. The statue of Harold Wilson can be seen in this picture.





 Train to Sheffield


The 20.18 train to Sheffield and Retford at Huddersfield on the 25 of June 2012 shortly before departure.





 Honley .


View off the train across a pennine landscape just south of Honley station





 Stocksmoor.


Stocksmoor





 Shepley.


Shepley.





View from the train of Denby Dale.


View from the train of Denby Dale.
Denby Dale is famous for its pies.





 Between Denby Dale and Penistone


Between Denby Dale and Penistone.





 Penistone  station.


Penistone.
This used to be a much bigger station when it also served the now closed Woodhead rail route between Sheffield and Manchester.
Intrestingly it is not to far from here on the high moors just to the south east of Woodhead summit on the main Sheffield to Manchester road that the source of the river Derwent lies. The river we followed from Derby to Matlock on Trans Peak.





 The Trans Pennine trial at Penistone.


Running alongside the Trans Pennine Trial just after Penistone station this us the former trackbed of the Woodhead rail route. Amazingly the Woodhead route was electrified in the 1950's shut to passengers beyond Penistone in the late 1960's and finally closed in the early 1980's. The line between. Penistone and Sheffield shut in the mid 1980's All that is left now is the single line we are on that runs to Barnsley. When the direct route from Penistone to Sheffield shut in the mid 1980's the journey time jumped from just over 20 mins to just over 45 mins.




At 21.36 about 170 miles later you should arrive at Sheffield. Midland station just across the road from the bus station where you started having made what many would say was a totally pointless journey but hopefully having had a brilliant day. Fool


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