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The Churnet Valley Line
The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's "Little Switzerland".
The picturesque stations offer lots of interest with a complete range of visitor facilities, and there's plenty more to see and enjoy along the way. In addition to the 10½ mile return journey along the valley, there's a taste of contrasting moorland scenery on the 16-mile round trip along the Cauldon branch.
Cheddleton, the home of the railway with its impressive Grade II Listed Victorian Station, small museum and locomotive sheds. St Edward's Church and Cheddleton Flint Mill are both within walking distance along the Caldon Canal towpath.
Consall Station, set in a picturesque hamlet deep in the Churnet Valley, is the railway's "jewel in the crown". Sharing the valley floor with both the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet, this sleepy rural station is full of Victorian charm. No vehicular access is permitted at this station and passengers are asked to respect the local countryside.
Kingsley & Froghall is an impressive North Staffordshire Railway-style station complete with award-winning traditional tea rooms, souvenir shop, picnic area and full disabled facilities. Only a short walk from the historic lime kilns and Froghall Wharf on the Caldon Canal.
The Cauldon Lowe branch
Opened to passenger services in November 2010, the Cauldon Lowe branch offers a contrasting experience to the Churnet Valley line. Its eight-mile route from Leekbrook Junction to Cauldon Lowe takes visitors over typical moorland scenery with far-reaching views.
The branch line, which offers some of the steepest gradients in the country, was acquired by Moorland & City Railways in 2009 and restored during 2010 with support from the enthusiastic volunteers of the North Staffordshire Railway Company.
Passengers are not allowed to alight from trains at Cauldon Lowe.
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