Derby 7 minutes
Matlock 27 minutes
Nottingham 42 minutes


Duffield is the first station north of Derby and serves a large village surrounded by meadows,  farmland and the rolling hills of The Chevin and Bunker’s Hill.

At Duffield, visitors can change platforms for a heritage train experience on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway to Wirksworth.

Local walks include a short stroll to the Duffield Millennium Meadow, where the River Ecclesbourne meets the Derwent or a longer hike following the Ecclesbourne Way along the river to Wirksworth.

Two 170s at Duffield
Station Facilities
  • Ticket Machine
  • Step Free Access
  • Parking
  • Toilets

Duffield station
Station Approach
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What is now the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, became known as the ‘The Milk and Honey Line’, when following suspension of passenger services in 1947, the railway continued to carry goods including milk and honey.

Passenger Facilities

The station is unstaffed and tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine in the car park.  There is a customer help point next to the ticket machine and on the station platform.

A pedestrian footbridge provides stepped access to the ‘island’ platform for trains to Derby, Nottingham and Matlock. There is no disabled access to the platform.

There are no toilets available, except on days when the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is operating.

Cycle parking is located in the station car park.

Getting to and from Duffield Station

The station is situated at the northern end of Duffield village, approximately a five-minute walk from the village centre.  There is level access to the station entrance from most parts of the village.

To reach the village centre, turn left at the top of Station Approach onto the main road and cross over the Ecclesboune Valley Railway below.

A pedestrian footbridge provides stepped access to the ‘island’ platform for trains to Derby, Nottingham and Matlock. There is no disabled access to the platform.

Parking at the Station

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

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

Parking is £3.00 for 24 hours, (multiple tickets may be purchased for more than one day), £9 weekly and £30 monthly. Annual tickets costing £300 are also available from Derby Station.

Off Peak is £2.00 Monday to Friday after 10am and anytime Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays

At Weekends parking is £3.00 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 Duffield

The Sixes bus service (6.1,6.2,6.3 & 6.4)operate up to every 15 minutes through Duffield from Derby and Belper with the 6.2 and 6.3 continuing every 30 minutes to Heage and Ripley.

The hourly Transpeak 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 in the station car park at the junction of Station Road and Station Approach


Local taxi firms include:

Derwent Cars 01773 824 824

Terry’s Ripley Taxis 01773 742 929

Western Cars 01332 331 331

The village has a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as a small supermarket and other local shops.

The foundations of Duffield Castle, once reputedly the third largest Norman Castle in the country, are situated just beyond the station. Climb the steps and follow the verse to help you imagine the dramas that took place here.

Explore the area
Themed Attractions

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway heritage trains connect with the Derwent Valley Line at Duffield for a scenic ride to Wirksworth.

Heritage & Museums

Duffield Castle

Discover the foundations of what was once reputedly the third largest Norman Castle in the country.

Nature & Parks

Millennium Meadow

Duffield Millennium Meadow sits at the confluence of the Derwent and its tributary the Ecclesbourne.

Things to do

Walks from Duffield

Perri’s family tour from Duffield Station offers two short walks exploring history and nature.

Walk number 1, is a 4 mile walk between Duffield and Belper over the Chevin and following the ancient Portway along the ridge of the Derwent Valley.

Walk number 2, is a 6 mile walk between Belper and Duffield through open country with superb views linking together the historic settlements of Bargate and Holbrook.

Duffield Circular Walk is an 8 mile walk starting near the station across undulating countryside with several steep climbs. The route heads up towards The Chevin and across fields to Quarndon, before returning to Duffield.

Ecclesbourne Way is an 11 mile walk following the length of the Ecclesbourne River from Duffield to Wirksworth. The walk is along footpaths and a few minor roads with some hilly sections offering great views. There is an optional extension up to Alport Height which adds a further mile to the walk.

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.

Station history

The North Midland Railway from Derby to Rotherham opened in 1840 with a station at Duffield in 1841. In 1867, the Midland Railway opened the line to Wirksworth and a station at the junction of the Wirksworth branch.

Passenger services to Wirksworth ceased in 1947, with freight traffic continuing until 1989.  In 2011, the line was fully reopened as the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, operating heritage services between Duffield and Wirksworth.

Station adoption

Station Adopters from Ecclesbourne Valley Railway brighten up the station by looking after an extensive Mediterranean garden and a number of planting tubs  The large gravel area on the island platform has been landscaped using a combination of decking and low level planters filled with sun loving, Mediterranean style plants.

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