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Heatherslaw Light Railway

Cornhill on Tweed, United Kingdom
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swhamer wrote a review Oct 2021
Isle of Man, United Kingdom188 contributions85 helpful votes
A leisurely way to spend the time, travelling alongside the river and fields of Northumbria. Staff were friendly and enthusiastic and the journey longer than expected - about 20 mins. We travelled from Heatherslaw to Etal and returned about 20 mins later. Etal Castle worth a visit with helpful display boards to explain the ruin. At Heatherslaw is a fabulous little cafe upstairs in the cornmill.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Sophie T wrote a review Oct 2021
13 contributions6 helpful votes
Lovely way to spend an hour or so. We visited as a family of two adults and two children. Nice gentle journey through the countryside. We boarded at the main station where it was very quiet as it was a Monday morning and chose to stay on the train to return straight away as we were with children. However, Etal looked like a lovely village to get off at and explore for an hour before returning. There isn’t much to see in the route the train takes but it is a nice journey and experience for all the family.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Paul R wrote a review Sep 2021
Wellingborough, United Kingdom645 contributions380 helpful votes
This narrow-gauge railway makes for a fun and relaxing day's outing, especially when combined with the various attractions on offer at the villages at either end of the line. The trip itself is of just the right length to enjoy the countryside and the novelty of chugging along behind the little blue engine, breathing in the evocative, sulphurous steam. Pretty villages lie at either end of the line, where there are opportunities for such activities as visiting a ruined castle, a heavy horses centre, a corn mill, craft shops or just eating or drinking at the several pubs, tea shops and cafes. Taking an early outbound train and allowing yourself plenty of time to potter around before picking up one of the frequent return trains is recommended. An enjoyable, undemanding treat.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Carol H wrote a review Sep 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom6 contributions10 helpful votes
Lovely gentle ride through picturesque countryside. We saw plenty of wildlife including Birds of Prey, Hares, Bulls, Sheep, Pheasants (cock & hen) and ducks. It was really beautiful and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Vince H wrote a review Sep 2021
Wisbech, United Kingdom329 contributions94 helpful votes
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We arrived at Heatherslaw Railway Station expecting to have to wait for a train ride. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find no queues and we were able to purchase tickets for the next available departure which meant only a ten minute wait. The train is narrow gauge with somewhat cramped carriages. However, this did not detract from our enjoyment of the four-mile journey to Etal Station. After disembarking at Etal, we paid a visit to the castle before taking a gentle stroll into the village of Etal itself. We were really impressed with the quaintness and "old Englishness" of this picture postcard village. The shop/post office/lavender tea rooms were very popular with the tourists and we enjoyed a delicious cream tea in the tea room garden. The staff were friendly which added to the enjoyment of our visit. We then sauntered back to the railway station in time for our return trip aboard the steam railway. Once back at Heatherslaw, we crossed the river to visit the working cornmill powered by the river and again, the staff were very friendly and helpful. Overall, an extremely enjoyable afternoon.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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