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31/01/24

The Wensleydale Railway

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The Wensleydale Railway from Leyburn to Northallerton

I have to admit that I’ve never really been on the Wensleydale Railway apart from going from Leyburn to Redmire quite a few years ago but I can feel a trip is imminent! But talking about the Station at Redmire, if you watch the ITV crime drama ‘Vera’, you’ll have seen the railway lines and footpath featured in the opening sequences of episode 2, Series 13 and our magnificent Penhill in the background!

The Wensleydale Railway is a tourist and heritage line that is volunteer-led and runs for twenty-two miles from Northallerton on the East Coast Main Line to Redmire in the heart of Wensleydale. It is one of the longest heritage railway lines in the country. It is currently working to restore passenger services from Leyburn to Redmire.

The line from Northallerton once went all the way through Wensleydale to meet up with the Settle and Carlisle line above Hawes and the dream of the Wensleydale Railway volunteers was to reinstate this line. Alas it doesn’t as yet go that far and may never but it’s fun to travel on one of their heritage diesel train services from Leyburn to Leeming Bar and also to Scruton (close to Northallerton), travelling through the truly spectacular scenery of Wensleydale. Lots of events are happening all year round, culminating in the Polar Express at Christmas. Don’t forget your pyjamas!!

Popular events at the railway include afternoon tea trains, Fish & Chips trains and Gin Trains! The season begins with a Valentine’s Day lunchtime train, followed by a Mother’s Day afternoon tea train and then an Easter Sunday afternoon tea train. There is also a Model Railway Show on the May Bank Holiday weekend. Children’s activities are organised at various times throughout the year and children travel for only £1 on all their scheduled train services!

The railway has award-winning, restored historic stations where visitors can learn more about 1900s railway life whilst enjoying free guided tours with its costumed living history interpreters. Do have a look on the Wensleydale Railway website or on their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Of course, all our beautiful Country Hideaways holiday cottages are well within travelling distance to the stations on the Wensleydale Railway line, book your ticket for the train and come and join us in one of our beautiful holiday cottages. Call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 to book over the telephone and for friendly help and advice or of course do book online if you prefer.

We’re very much looking forward to hearing from you!



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Written By Nadine Bell

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