Steam-engine railway offering a choice of trips through beautiful countryside in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Why not stop off and explore along the way?
Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Leek, Staffordshire, ST10 2HA
Tel: 01538 750755
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Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Take the whole family to experience the classic days of railway travel in Staffordshire’s Churnet Valley. The Churnet Valley Railway is a wonderful day out for all ages, from toddlers to grandparents. Passing through beautiful countryside in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, this steam-engine railway has picturesque stations with a full range of facilities for visitors.
As well as the 11-mile return journey along the valley, there’s a 9-mile return trip taking in the very different moorland scenery along the Cauldon Lowe branch from Leekbrook Junction to Ipstones Station Loop. This route opened to passenger services in November 2010 and offers some of the steepest gradients in the country (passengers cannot leave the train at Ipstones). Gasp as you take in the far-reaching views!
Visitors are invited to get off the train at three stations – Cheddleton, Consall and Kingsley & Froghall – to explore the surroundings. At Kingsley & Froghall, visit the replica waiting room and booking office, then relax in Victorian-style surroundings in the tearooms or enjoy a picnic before taking a stroll to Froghall Wharf. Enjoy the Victorian charm of Consall or alight at Cheddleton to visit the engine sheds and small museum before walking along the Caldon Canal towpath to Cheddleton Flint Mill. What will you discover?
There are special events throughout the year such as Galas, an annual Sci-Fi Weekend, Children’s Favourite Characters and Santa Specials. The railway’s volunteers hope to re-open the line into the market town of Leek eventually. Ticket prices vary.