Matlock 16 minutes
Derby 18 minutes
Nottingham 51 minutes


Ambergate is situated where the River Amber joins the Derwent and gains its name from the former tollgate crossing of the Amber.

The village is a popular spot for a variety of walks including the Cromford Canal and the ancient woodlands of Shining Cliff Woods and Crich Chase.

Less than a 15 minute walk from the station are White Peak Distillery and Great British Car Journey, or take a more bracing uphill walk to Crich Tramway Village and Crich Stand.

Station Facilities
  • Ticket Machine
  • Step Free Access
  • Parking
  • Toilets

Ambergate station
Midland Terrace
DE56 2EN

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Did you know?

Located in Shining Cliff Wood is the Betty Kenny Tree, the remains of an ancient Yew Tree which is said to be the origin of the lullaby ‘Rock a Bye Baby’. The remains of the tree can still be seen today.

Passenger Facilities

The station is unstaffed and tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine in the waiting shelter. There is a customer help point at the entrance onto the platform.

There are no toilets at the station.

There is step free access onto the platform from the car park.

Covered cycle parking is located in the station car park.

Getting to and from Ambergate Station

The station is situated at the northern end of Ambergate village, at the junction of the A6 and A610, approximately a 10 minute’ walk from the village centre. A pavement alongside the Station Approach Road provides step free access to the platform, avoiding the short flight of steps, but does not meet disabled access regulations.

Parking at the station

East Midlands Railway operate the 40 space station car park, which includes disabled parking.

There are Off Peak, Weekend and Standard Parking rates available.

Parking is £2.50 for 24 hours, (multiple tickets may be purchased for more than one day), £8 weekly and £25 monthly. Annual tickets costing £250 are also available from Derby Station.

Off Peak is £1.50 Monday to Friday after 10am and anytime Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays.

At Weekends parking is £2.50 from 10am on Friday to Midnight on Sunday.

Further information is available on the East Midlands Railway Station Car Parking page

Local Bus Services from Ambergate

From the bus stops on Ripley Road (A610) adjacent to Station Approach, there are Monday to Saturday bus services – 142 to Crich and Crich Tramway Village and 147 to Ripley.

From the bus stops on Derby Road (A6) adjacent to The Hurt Arms, the Transpeak bus service links the towns and villages along the Derwent Valley and onward to Bakewell and Buxton.

Bus stop locations are displayed on the Onward Travel Map and bus timetables are available here. When trains are replaced by buses, road replacement services pick up/drop off points at the bus stops on Derby Road (A6) adjacent to The Hurt Arms.


Local taxi firms include:

Terry’s Ripley Taxis 01773 742 929

A6 Cabs 01773 880 880

Belper Cars 01773 828 384

The centre of Ambergate village is a ten minute walk from the station.  To reach the village centre turn left under the railway bridge and left again opposite the Hurt Arms and continue along the main road, past the filling station and under another railway bridge.

  • The Hurt Arms pub and restaurant is well situated across the road from the station. Just a short walk towards the village, there is the Bridge House cafe, a small supermarket at the filling station and Ambergate Chip Shop is located in the centre of the village.
Explore the area
Themed Attractions

Crich Tramway

Crich Tramway Village offers unlimited tram rides along a unique period street.

Themed Attractions

Great British Car Journey

Great British Car Journey takes you on a 100 year journey of British car companies.

Nature & Parks

Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a haven for water vole

Heritage & Museums

Crich Stand

Crich Stand is an impressive landmark overlooking the Derwent Valley

Culture & Entertainment

White Peak Distillery

White Peak Distillery is a craft distillery offering guided tours of gin and whisky production.

Things to do

Walks from Ambergate

Perri’s family tour from Ambergate leads along the Cromford Canal to Whatstandwell.

Cromford Canal between Ambergate, Whatstandwell and Cromford is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a haven for water vole and other wildlife.

Walk number 6, is a steep 3.5 mile walk between Whatstandwell and Ambergate via Crich through farmland, Crich Chase woodlands and along the towpath of the Cromford Canal

Betty Kenny Walk is a four mile circular walk from Ambergate Station.

Walk number 5, is a 4.5 mile walk between Ambergate and Whatstandwell through ancient woodland, old parkland and open farmland, with excellent views. There are no really steep climbs

Walk number 4, is a 4.5 mile walk between Ambergate and Belper through farmland with a short climb providing excellent views of Heage Windmill from the valley ridge.

Discover stories of some of the local men who took part in the Pentrich Rising of 1817.

Walk number 3, is an 8 mile walk between Belper and Ambergate along the valley ridge, with two steady climbs through farmland and ancient woodland.

Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55 mile long distance footpath following the length of the River Derwent. Sections of the route may be undertaken as linear walks using the train between Derby and Matlock or other local bus services between Derby and Shardlow or between Matlock and Chatsworth.


Jul 20

Ambergate Carnival

The annual Ambergate Village Carnival is back for 2024


Station history

Ambergate station is located just north of Ambergate junction, where the railway divides from the Midland Mainline to become a single track branch line to Matlock.  Originally the station boasted a triangular arrangement station with six platforms and was a key railway interchange.

Station adoption

Ambergate Station Adopters have been caring for the station environment for a number of years, maintaining numerous platform planters and flower baskets.

The Station Approach road banking has been greatly improved with a tiered railway sleeper garden which the Station Adopters look after. Look out for the unusual bird boxes located on the trees and other creative displays around the station at various times of the year.

Follow the Ambergate Station Group’s activities on Twitter @AmbergateStn

Grants towards many of these projects have been received from Community Rail Network.


Ambergate Station Adopters were shortlisted from over 250 entries in the ‘Station Friends and Adopters at the Heart of Communities’ award.

During the COVID pandemic, the station group helped bring the local community together and since August 2020, the group threw themselves in with gusto to make Ambergate station a special place. Spectacular displays of sunflowers and 24 planters adorn the station platform and up cycled, artwork and bird boxes have been created and a shrub embankment maintained and used to celebrate events during the year including Halloween and Remembrance.  True bonds of friendship have formed providing a real feeling of community around the station for which the group is very proud.