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“Friendly Heritage Railway”

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Wirksworth
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of Wirksworth, the Ecclesboume Valley line, at nine miles, is Derbyshire's longest heritage railway. The line runs through some of the most pleasant scenery in the White Peak, from its joint station with the main line at Duffield to its northern terminus at Ravenstor, close to the High Peak Trail and the National Stone Centre. The line provides services mainly operated by heritage diesel railcars, with four trains a day on summer weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the high summer. The timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains' services to and from Derby and Nottingham. Visitors may wish to take advantage of a 'zigzag choo choo' all Day Rover Ticket issued by the railway and Trent Barton providing an excellent opportunity for discount travel through the beautiful derbyshire countryside by bus and rail. Steam hauled services are also operated at peak periods, please call us to check what is running. If you would prefer to see the line from the Driver's cab or realise a childhood dream by taking the controls of one of our heritage steam or diesel locomotives then you can book that day to remember direct on our website. We offer a range of experiences to suit any occasion and budget.
Chatham, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Friendly Heritage Railway”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

For an all day Rover ticket (£10 for OAPs) you can travel between Wirksworth and Duffield and also to Ravenstor as many times as you like. The trip to Duffield takes about 30 minutes and goes through lovely scenery. There are various special events during the year including experience days. There is a Pullman Dining Car at Wirksworth with a range of sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc and I must comment about the toilet facilities at Duffield which were superb!

Visited April 2013
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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“A nice family day out”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

We visited this railway with our 2 young boys (5 and 3) having chosen to go here instead of Peak Rail as the trip was longer.

The volunteers who run this are very friendly with the only downside being no steam trains as they were getting ready for the steam gala weekend in a weeks time. However, we travelled in a cab and the guard very kindly let out 2 boys sit in the drivers seat going out (we were at the back of the train) and sat with us to explain the lines history and point out various landmarks. The line itself travels through some lovely countryside and takes around 40 mins each way.

Visited April 2013
Thank hullyboy
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“steam railway”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

very very well railway.easy to get from derby/matlock/Nottingham (Duffield end),by train.
lovely town just 10 minutes away.

Visited March 2013
Thank timothy r
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“Steam engine driving taster”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

All staff very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed a great morning driving No3 and finished by ascending hill to Ravenstor. Two of us took it in turns to drive and travel in brake van as only three people are allowed on footplate( driver,fireman and guest). We both did everything and it worked well.
Highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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Birmingham, England
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“Well worth a look. So much done by volunteers over the years, well done!”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

As I have a good working knowledge of the area I know only too well how much work has been needed to turn a jungle into a working railway again. Sure there is lots more to do, but well done to everyone so far and the trip is a nice one. At the Duffield end try the Pattenmakers pub for proper Bass from the jug and reasonable pub food. At the Wirksworth end take the extra ride up to Ravenstor then walk to the Derbyshire Stone Centre or the High Peak Trail or just have a potter around. If open the Steeplegrange light railway will be popular with the young children too (and us old uns!)

Visited March 2013
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