In the small hamlet of Hulme End (Staffordshire) within the Peak District National Park, you’ll find the former engine shed and railway station which has been transformed into a bustling cafe serving up excellent homemade cakes, breakfasts, lunch and coffee.
Once the northern terminus of the former Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, the line primarily acted as a service for milk trains and tourism.
The Manifold Way starts from here and is a favourite for cyclists and walkers alike. Following the disused line, the trail heads through the Manifold and Hamps Valleys from Hulme End to Waterhouse and the track is surfaced making it ideal for all. Along the way be sure to make the 250ft climb to Thor’s Cave for magnificent views across the valley.
The Tea Junction also makes the ideal stopping point for those tackling our White Peak road bike circular cycling loop.