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“An enjoyable day out” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Churnet Valley Railway

Churnet Valley Railway
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Froghall
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Owner description: The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that runs through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland, the Churnet Valley. It meanders alongside the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet for a delightful nostalgic 11 mile return journey. Kingsley & Froghall Station has ample parking and disabled access and is home to the award winning traditional Tea Room plus the railways Souvenir Shop, both of which are open on running days. Consall Station has no public road access making it very quiet and isolated in its situation beside the weir on River Churnet where the canal splits from the river. Nearby are the Lime Kilns and the Black Lion Public House. At Cheddleton Station you can visit the Railway’s Engine Sheds and its small Railway Artifacts Museum. Trains run most Sundays from February to October, and full weekends from Easter as well as Wednesdays from June to September. Additional services run on all Bank Holiday Mondays and school holidays.
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“An enjoyable day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Visited this with my girlfriend as she is doing some degree fieldwork in the area. Like other heritage lines, it doesn't offer student concession fares and so it did smart to be charged £22 for two tickets, but I can see they put their money towards good work maintaining the station and engines (which must be hugely expensive).

Firstly, I think those complaining about the buildings and train upkeep should remember that it's pretty much entirely dependent on donations and fares, but it's stuck in an area that doesn't see much tourism. As a result I have a feeling they're not very well off. Nonetheless I didn't see anything wrong with the stations or the locos - the stations are all very pretty, especially with the lovely flowerbeds, and the trains are clean, tidy and comfortable. There was a problem with the steam train on our journey back from Froghall-Consall which resulted in a delay, but all the train staff were friendly and helpful - they kept us well informed and it wasn't a very long wait.

Following that the steam train had to be put out of service and replaced with a diesel loco - I think this is understandable considering the age and work of the steam engines, and the diesel (not sure what type it was) is a heritage engine in itself!

The tearooms at Froghall are nice, if a little cramped, and there are ample picnic tables at all the stations. We enjoyed a nice cup of tea at Froghall for a very reasonable £1.15 per cup. Unfortunately due to a diet I wasn't able to sample any of the delicious looking cake :(

There is a good museum at Cheddleton, small but they have packed many exhibits in!

Overall we had a nice day out with friendly staff and a great period feel. We will definitely go again.

Visited August 2013
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Dog friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Dog friendly, lovely journey. Got off at Cheddleton and walked back to Froghall, lovely walk along the canal tow path. Visited a dog friendly pub along the way for lunch.

Visited August 2013
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Marple
1 review
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“Great day out. Kind helpful staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

A great day out. Like going back in time. Tea room at Froghall excellent, with staff very helpful and attended to all the customers requirements. Nothing too much trouble. Everyone we spoke to during our day out added quality to our visit. Best wishes to the Railway.

Visited August 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“rude staff at Churnet train line”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

After looking forward to what we thought was going to be a pleasant day riding trains in the Churnet Valley we were all very disappointed on arival at Froghall by only seeing one train, the cost of tickets was very expensive but the tea room was airy and pleasant. Staff were surly and awkward when asked for information and bungled around as if not quite knowing whet to say, on lady manager was very curt with us all because we asked her if the trains were running as advertised on the website, we are not used to being spoken in this way and what with loud mouthed volunteer workers showing off on the station platform by swearing and telling vulgar jokes it was all too much.

We will not be returning and we cannot recommend a visit to anyone thinking of going unless they enjoy being let down with false promises, I honestly think this venue needs redressing by Trading Standards on the grounds of misleading advertising.

NEVER GO TO THIS PLACE if you have sense and a brain.

Visited July 2013
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Alsager
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Santa train”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

We visit here every year for the Santa Steam train. Both myself, my mother and my daughter absolutely love it. You get a mince pie and sherry whilst you are waiting for Santa to greet you. The kids get juice and a mince pie. Santa is always so lovely and friendly and the kids gifts are great too. Shall be booking soon for this December!!!

Visited December 2012
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