Peak District Steam Railway Holiday
At around lunchtime we meet at Matlock Bath Station and the holiday starts with a visit to The Heights of Abraham. We will be whisked across the Derwent Gorge by enclosed gondola up to a popular country park with stunning views and show-caves to explore. After this excitement we’ll trundle up the A6 to Bakewell where time is allowed to appreciate the annual well-dressing festival – well, well, a bit of local flavour to savour!
After breakfast we take a leisurely drive clean across the Peaks, via Ashbourne, to the Churnet Valley Railway. This railway is a delight, running alongside the Caulden Canal and River Churnet. Later in the day it’s a short hop across to Blythe Bridge for the Foxfield Railway. Real Ale bar, miniature railway, museum and a steam train ride with an industrial feel. We travel back via Leek and a scenic run “over the top” and back to Buxton.
First off this morning we’re heading for a steamy start at Peak Rail running on the old Derby to Manchester route between Matlock and Rowsley South. Later we get some industrial heritage in with visits to Cromford Workshops and Middleton Top that linked canal and railway years ago. Our day concludes with our friends at Wirksworth and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. They have over 14 miles of running line between Wirksworth and Duffield and we are guaranteed a hospitable welcome.
Time for one more highlight this morning and a literal one as well. We’re off up into the hills for the excellent National Tramway Museum at Crich. Ride the trams, see the exhibits and enjoy one of the country’s premier nostalgic transport attractions before homeward bound journeys commence from Derby after lunch (included today).