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Glossop is a small town located on the edge of the Peak District. It lies in the county of Derbyshire, which is officially part of the East Midlands (though most residents would consider themselves part of the Northwest of England).


Glossop is situated at the North Western extremity of Derbyshire and the Peak District, close to the borders with Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. It also lies at the start of two of the most infamous Pennine passes—the Snake and Woodhead passes. Its main development is owed to the nineteenth century cotton industry which generated the wealth to build much of the town we see today, although the cotton industry has since declined and almost disappeared from the region. Despite this, the historic mill buildings still dominate the town, such as those at Wren Nest and Howardtown, both of which are undergoing major transformations into new multi-use buildings including retail, leisure and residential properties. Glossop is now a vibrant modern town with great connections to surrounding places; however, it is predominantly a 'commuter town' for the nearby city region of Greater Manchester, where quite often people have moved to enjoy a more relaxed and laid-back quality of life whilst enjoying the same benefits as living near a city. Glossop is mainly a shopping and tourist town as it has a regular market and a wide range of both high street and independent stores. It attracts tourists mainly due to the surrounding Peak District National Park and its stunning countryside, but also for the heritage and attractions the town itself. It is not of any administrative significance due to its geographic location and local government structures. The population of the town (2001 Census) is 32,428.

Map of Derbyshire showing the geographical location of Glossop within Derbyshire

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

There are trains from Manchester Piccadilly Station every 30 minutes and seven days a week. The stations on the line are as follows:

  • Hadfield
  • Dinting
  • Broadbottom
  • Hattersley
  • Godley
  • Newton (For Hyde)- Connections: Hyde by bus or a 15 minute walk
  • Flowery Field
  • Guide Bridge - Connections: Ashton-under-Lyne by bus
  • Gorton
  • Ashburys - Connections: Walk or Bus to Eastlands/Manchester City FC
  • Ardwick - Only 1 train Mon - Fri stops
  • Manchester Piccadilly

At peak periods the trains may stop at the following stops in a different order (i.e. Glossop - Hadfield - Dinting). This rail service is operated by Northern Rail, the journey between Glossop and Manchester Piccadilly is around 30 minutes, however journey times may vary at peak periods. visit for timetable or call National Rail Enquiries on 0845 748 4950

By bus[edit]

There is an extensive public transport network across the High Peak, which is unusual for a rural area, Bus Services in Glossop are as follows:
The services below are correct as of 06/01/08
Please note that some of these services operate on only on sundays, or weekends, or evenings. check before travelling

  • 61 Glossop - Hayfield - New Mills - Whaley Bridge - Buxton (Bowers Coaches [5])
  • 64 Glossop - Hayfield - New Mills - Whaley Bridge - Macclesfield (Bowers Coaches)
  • 202 Glossop - Charlesworth - Broadbottom - Mottram - Hyde (SpeedwellBus [6])
  • 236 Glossop - Mottram - Stalybridge - Ashton-under-Lyne - Droylsden - Manchester Piccadilly (Stagecoach Manchester [7]/ SpeedwellBus [8])
  • 237 Glossop - Hadfield - Mottram - Stalybridge - Ashton-under-Lyne - Droylsden - Manchester Piccadilly (Stagecoach Manchester)
  • 239 Glossop - Charlesworth - Broadbottom - Mottram - Stalybridge - Ashton-under-Lyne (SpeedwellBus)
  • 341 Glossop - Charlesworth - Broadbottom - Mottram - Hattersley - Gee Cross - Hyde (SpeedwellBus)
  • 358 Glossop - Hayfield - Marple - Offerton - Stockport (Stagecoach Manchester)
  • 394 Glossop - Marple - Hazel Grove - Stepping Hill, Connections available to Stockport via Stagecoach Manchester Service 192 (SpeedwellBus)
  • 397 Glossop - Hadfield - Hollingworth - Hattersley - Hyde (SpeedwellBus)
  • 473 Glossop - Snake Inn - Bamford - Baslow - Chatsworth House (TM Travel)

For times, fares and details of these services and how to use them to get to Glossop call traveline on 0871 200 2233 [9]

National Express Coaches stop at nearby Hollingworth, here you can pick up their 350 service towards Manchester and Liverpool, or in the opposite direction towards Sheffield, Nottingham and East Anglia. For times, fares and other service information contact National Express on 0870 580 80 80. [10]

By car[edit]

Glossop has connections in all directions to the UK road network, however the main road (though not a primary route) is the A57. To the West this joins with the A628 Woodhead pass at Hollingworth, to become a primary route and then it is a short distance until it meets the UK motorway network via the M67 to allow quick and easy access into Greater Manchester. To the East is the A57 Snake Pass, an infamous transpennine pass to Sheffield. To the south the main road is the A624 which goes to Hayfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith and eventually Buxton via the A6, this is the main route into Derbyshire and towards the towns and cities of the East Midlands. To the North is the B6105 which links to the A628 Woodhead Pass at Crowden, the A628 is the easiest route to access the M1 from Glossop via Junction 37 at Barnsley. The A628 however goes through Barnsley and to Pontefract in West Yorkshire.

By plane[edit]

The Airports easily accessible from Glossop are:

Both of which can be reached by train due to regular services to Manchester Piccadilly, they can also be reached by car via the motorway network Other airports within 1.5hrs drive are:

However Manchester being the largest of nearby airports can usually offer appropriate services from wherever in the world you wish to travel from.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

Key attractions in the Glossop area include:

  • Longdendale Trail, An all purpose trail housed on a disused railway line, about 7 miles from Hadfield to Woodhead featuring trails for bicycles, horses and walkers
  • The Partington Players Theatre [13] is a 120 seat theatre in the centre of Glossop showing 6 week long plays each season [14]. They also have occasional live music [15], films [16] and visiting productions [17].

In the surrounding area:

  • Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and the Historic Market Town of Buxton including tourist attractions, shopping and leisure facilities. Accessible via the 61/61A bus services or by car on the A624 road.
  • Manchester City Centre Attractions (15 Miles West) - by train, bus or car
    Urbis in Manchester City Centre - Museum of the modern city with free admission and changing exhibitions
  • Imperial War Museum North [18], The Lowry [19] and Salford Quays attractions [20] (17 miles East) - by train, bus or car - if by train change at Manchester Piccadilly onto a Metrolink [21] Eccles Service and alight at Harbour City
  • Castleton and Caverns, Peveril Castle, Speedwell Cavern [22], Blue John Cavern [23] and more in the popular Hope Valley.
  • Peak District National Park, A wealth of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery on offer within minutes of Glossop
  • The Trafford Centre [24], An award winning retail and leisure destination on the Western Edge of Manchester, adjacent to junctions 9 and 10 of the M60 Motorway and easily accessible by bus from Manchester

Do[edit][add listing]

Walk through Manor Park to Old Glossop and—for the energetic—continue onto the slopes of Bleaklow.

  • Glossop Tourist Website, [1]. Glossop Tourist Information  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is a vibrant retail scene in Glossop, as it boasts some of the best shopping in the High Peak, it has a wide collection of both national chain stores and independent stores existing alongside each other in the town centre. Most notably it has the largest Tesco store in the nearby area. Major retail areas include High Street West and Wrens Nest Retail Park, which contains shops such as Next, Argos, Wickes (DIY), Brantano and lots more. There are developments set to enhance the retail scene further in the near future.

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There are many restaurants and cafes in Glossop itself with additional in the surrounding towns and cities, the town itself can cater for all taste buds with many nationalities and styles of foods available. Local favourites include The Wheatsheaf in Old Glossop, and Ayobowan's Sri Lankan cuisine.

If you feel like eating a takeaway, there are numerous Indian, Chinese, and Italian eateries dotted around the town centre. Thai food has also risen in popularity over the past few years, and Thai Wok, and Thai-to-Go are popular.

However if you want to go to that extra effort to eat, why not travel to Manchester [25] and experience great dining in the city centre at Chinatown or another of the numerous venues in the city. More notable places to eat include Phoenix City Chinese restaurant in nearby Stalybridge.

The Globe (High Street West near Tesco store; tel. 01457 852417) is a welcoming pub that serves cheap and tasty vegan food and a good range of real ales, ciders etc. There is a small live music venue in an upstairs room with a varied programme and free folk-music jamming sessions in the bar on a Monday night.[26]

Drink[edit][add listing]

Glossop has an excellent pub scene, with everything from national chain pub-restaurants to friendly local establishments, it has everything to suit all types of drinkers. The Globe, situated on the High Street has a reputation for being one of the best vegan pubs in the country, and is also infamous for it's wide selection of local ales.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The George Hotel, Norfolk Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 7QU, 01457 855449, [2]. Set in the centre of town, this hotel makes an ideal base for a visit to the area from £35.00 (single) or £60.00 (double).  edit
  • Premier Inn (Manchester Hyde), Stockport Road, Mottram, Hyde, Cheshire, 0870 990 6334, [3]. from £59.99.  edit

The Hotels in Glossop and surrounds are listed below:

  • The George Hotel: Norfolk St, Glossop Tel: 01457 855449
  • Commercial Inn: Manor Park Rd, Glossop Tel: 01457 864569
  • Travelodge: Victoria St, Glossop Tel: 0871 984 6330
  • Wind in the Willows: Derbyshire Level, Glossop Tel: 01457 868001
  • Windy Harbour Farm Hotel: Woodhead Rd, Glossop Tel: 01457 853107
  • Rock Tavern: Glossop Road, Marple Bridge, Stockport, Cheshire Tel: 01457 899354
  • Premier Inn (Manchester - Hyde): Stockport Road, Mottram, Hyde, Cheshire (Next to End of M67) Tel: 0870 990 6334
  • Wind in the Willows Hotel, Derbyshire Level, Glossop, Derbyshire, 01457 868001, [4].  edit
  • Avondale Guest House 28 Woodhead Road, Glossop, high Peak, Derbyshire SK13 7RH. Phone: 01457 853132 Mobile: 07784 764969 [27]
  • The Bulls Head Public House, Restaurant & Guest House, 102 Church Street, Old Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 7RN. Telephone: 01457 866957... Mobile: 07876 744061... Restraurant and Bar... Tel: 01457 853291 [28]

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