Edale Rambler Folk Train
...live folk music, on a train then a pub then a train!
For over a decade, a group of local folk musicians have been congregating at Sheffield station, catching a train and performing all the way to the stunning vale of Edale - at which point everybody gets off, goes to the local pub and carries on.
Costing no more than a regular train ticket - around £7 return from Sheffield to Edale - the Folk Train is a unique musical journey, combining irresistibly charming live music with the stunning backdrop of the Peak District.
Musicians and fans alike gather on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Sheffield station to catch the 19:14 train to Manchester - known as The Hope Valley Line - before alighting at Edale.
Playing live music can be thirsty work, and the musicians - along with anyone else along for the ride - get off the train at Edale and head to The Rambler Inn, handily situated directly next door to Edale train station.
Reaching Edale at around ten to eight, the live music and merriment continues at the pub (get to the bar quick!), before catching the 21:28 train back to Sheffield with, of course, more music.
Similar journeys now take place on the Glossop line, as well as the Manchester-Hathersage line where folk groups - including folk and sea shanty groups from Merseyside - soundtrack passengers journeys with an array of sounds from British folk, to country and western, skiffle and bluegrass.
Don't expect to be able to book seats, enjoy refreshments or an interval. The train is a small, slightly ramshackle local train, but this merely adds to the charm of what is a unique experience.
All aboard the folk train!
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015