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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
+44 1629 823076
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Days gone by

What a wonderful and delightful way to travel between Duffield and Wirksworth on the EVR and take... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
johnhp702
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Derby, United Kingdom
Fabulous Wirksworth, the gateway to the Peak District

Wirksworth is a really lovely little town with quaint independent shops and cafes. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paulride
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Peak District, United Kingdom
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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.
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“afternoon tea” (24 reviews)
“buffet car” (18 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Station Road | Coldwell Street, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, England
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+44 1629 823076
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful and delightful way to travel between Duffield and Wirksworth on the EVR and take in the wonderful Derbyshire scenery, loved every minute of it.

Thank johnhp702
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wirksworth is a really lovely little town with quaint independent shops and cafes. The Eccelsbourne railway is an absolute delight and is well worth a visit and a train ride. A great location surrounded by natural beauty.

Thank Paulride
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I held our a Silver Wedding Anniversary celebration at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, we had a ride on the diesel train, then on the steam train followed by a service on the platform then afternoon tea in the Pullman 1st class carriage,...More

1  Thank Sheila M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife bought me the "Bronze driving day" on this heritage railway line as part of my 30th wedding anniversary present. In all there were 4 participants and each had their wife with them. The day started with a brief introduction and then we started...More

1  Thank YorkshireMarkD
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I asked if I could look around the yard at Wirksworth as it was full of interesting locos & rolling stock, I was told I needed a safety jacket which I didn't have, so they very kindly lent me one to wear. I then bought...More

Thank Martin W
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Martin W, Thank you for submitting such a positive review of our railway and rating us a 5 star attraction. As I have said previously, our volunteers try to go that 'extra mile' to ensure our visitors have a memorable experience with us and...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A seven mile heritage railway from Wirksworth to Duffield with two intermediate stops. The journey takes about 30 minutes and travels through beautiful rolling countryside. A £13 ticket allows you to get on and off when you want, although the service is only one train...More

Thank James F
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear James F, Thank you for submitting your review of our railway although we seem to have lost a couple of miles of journey length somewhere! Joking aside I am so glad you had an enjoyable time with us and found our volunteers friendly and...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a lovely way to spend a much needed day off! From a lovely wander around the village, to the delightfully delicious afternoon tea....it really was lovely. We shared our carriage for afternoon tea with a very lovely friendly couple. The sandwiches were gorgeously...More

Thank Hippocity
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Hippocity, Thank you most sincerely for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your time with us. Our catering team pride themselves in trying to provide a traditional, authentic afternoon tea experience in our newly restored heritage railway carriages and I...More

Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Mrs H had booked me a driving experience day at the EVR as part of my 50th birthday treats. I've been very fortunate with work to have had some great red letter day awards, mainly car driving to Tank assault course and some are better...More

Thank JohnHarris67
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear JohnHarris67, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of your 'Drive a Diesel Day'. We endeavour to run these as flexibly as possible to help ensure our participants have an experience tailored to their needs/ expectations. I am so...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

This was a great day out as one of four participants on a Bronze Drive a Diesel day. We were given a helpful introduction by Richard about the history of the line and the passenger train which we would be driving. Once on board driver...More

Thank KBofLB
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear KBofLB, Wow, it sounds like you had an action packed day with us. We try to incorporate as many activities as possible to ensure participants have a day to remember by having a 'real railway' experience. It would be our pleasure to welcome you...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Used the enthusiast run railway to get from Duffield to Wirksworth. Old "corridor" passenger carriages. Two intermediate stations and two level crossings to negotiate. A very slow and steady progress. We then walked 11 miles through attractive countryside mostly on public footpaths back to our...More

Thank gatgordon
Tom_Tait, Commercial Director at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Gatgordon, Thank you for your review. I hope you enjoyed your trip as well as the walk along our new 'Ecclesbourne Way' walking trail which is proving very popular. With best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director

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roadtripswc
6 July 2017|
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Response from Tom_Tait | Property representative |
Hello and thanks for contacting us. At the weekends you could take a steam train ride up our 1:27 incline. The trip takes about 15 minutes in total. Hope this information helps. Best wishes, Tom Tait Commercial Director
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Angela G
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Response from Barbara P | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are normally allowed but best to check their website or ring and ask. They're most obliging.
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Sneha S
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Response from oldyellow2014 | Reviewed this property |
As mentioned all information will be on the website
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