Churnet Valley Railway
Sunday 15 July 2018
The last time we visited this railway was back in 2003, so a return visit is definitely in order.
The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's "Little Switzerland".
The picturesque stations offer lots of interest with a complete range of visitor facilities, and there's plenty more to see and enjoy along the way.
In addition to the 11mile return journey along the valley between Kinglsey & Froghall station and Leekbrook, there's a taste of contrasting moorland scenery on the 9mile round trip along the Cauldon branch to Ipstones Loop.
Kingsley & Froghall is an impressive North Staffordshire Railway-style station complete with award-winning traditional tea rooms, souvenir shop, picnic area and full disabled facilities. Only a short walk from the historic lime kilns and Froghall Wharf on the Caldon Canal.
Consall, set in a picturesque hamlet deep in the Churnet Valley, is the railway's "jewel in the crown". Sharing the valley floor with both the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet, this sleepy rural station is full of Victorian charm.
Cheddleton, the original home of the preserved railway with its impressive Grade II Listed Victorian Station, offers a small museum and is the location of our locomotive sheds. St Edward's Church and Cheddleton Flint Mill are both within walking distance along the Caldon Canal towpath.
Leek, the original focal point of the Churnet Valley Line when part of the national network. Closed in 1970, and demolished in 1973, efforts are being made to re-open the line into this busy Market Town. A new station is proposed alongside a canal marina, all as part of a development to enhance tourism in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
The Cauldon Lowe branch
Opened to passenger services in November 2010, the Cauldon Lowe branch offers a contrasting experience to the Churnet Valley line. Currently trains operate over a 4.5 mile section from Leekbrook Junction to Ipstones Station Loop which takes visitors over typical moorland scenery with far-reaching views.
The branch line, which offers some of the steepest gradients in the country, was acquired by Moorland & City Railways in 2009 and restored during 2010 with support from the enthusiastic volunteers of the Churnet Valley Railway.
Passengers are not currently able to alight from trains at Ipstones.
Depart Chesterfield: 09:00 hours
Return approximately 19.00
FARE (Includes coach travel and rover tickets)
ADULT (16 to 59): £24:00 SENIOR (60+): £22:00
CHILD (3 to 15): £18:00
COACH ONLY £14:00
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